Writing Prompt #1
Due Friday, October 9th at the beginning of class
In a well-crafted, 2 page, double-spaced essay (i.e., one with an
introduction and conclusion), please address the following question(s).
References to specific passages of original source material may be used to
strengthen your argument; however, please be sure to cite them
appropriately. Any citation style you choose is fine.
Your essay will be graded for grammar, style, and clarity; therefore, a
poorly written essay will receive lower points than one with the same
argument that is well-written. Please remember that I am happy to assist you
with your writing skills by giving you feedback before the essay is due.
What is usury? What justifications were used to explain the
ban on usury in ancient Israel, the Islamic world, and
Note: Please consider common threads or influences among the
societies listed above. Your essay should include a discussion of all