Special Announcement

2024 Young Scholar’s Essay Competition

Win $250, Enrollment to a Class in the TR Learning Center, and a One-Year TR Library Subscription.
Essays must be submitted as PDF files and uploaded by 11:59pm on August 16, 2024. All submissions will be reviewed by the judges and the winners will be announced on September 16, 2024.

Click the “Instructions” link below for rules and other information.

Welcome to the 2024 TorahResource Young Scholars Essay Competition.

The goal of this contest is to find and feature young believers who love Yeshua and His Torah and desire to improve their writing skills and grow in their biblical learning. 

The Prizes

1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners will have their papers published in the TR Learning Center.

1st Place

$250 cash prize, paid tuition for a class in the TR Learning Center (Scholar track classes included), a one-year TR Library subscription, and the title of the 2024 Young Scholars Award. 

2nd Place

Paid tuition for a class in the TR Learning Center (Scholar track classes included), and a one-year TR Library subscription. 

3rd Place

Paid tuition for a class in the TR Learning Center (Scholar track classes included).

The Topics

You can choose one of the following topics to write your essay on: 

1. The Torah as a Guide for Holiness and Spiritual Formation in an age of Progressive Liberalism

Investigate the role of the Torah in shaping the spiritual formation and discipleship of Believers today. Discuss how the laws, statutes, and teachings of the Torah provide practical guidance for living a life of holiness, righteousness, and devotion to God and how it defends against progressive ideology in a woke age. Reflect on the significance of studying and meditating on the Torah as a means of deepening one's relationship with God, cultivating intimacy with Him, and conforming to His image.

2. Defending the Deity of Messiah

Explore the biblical passages that affirm the deity of Yeshua and discuss how they are understood within Messianic, One-Torah theology. You may examine key verses from both the Tanakh (Old Testament) and the Apostolic Scriptures (New Testament) that highlight Yeshua’s divine attributes, roles, and titles, such as Messiah, Son of God, and Word of God. Analyze the theological significance of these passages and their implications for understanding Yeshua’s identity as the divine Son of God within the context of Messianic, pronomian, or  One-Torah belief.

3. The Gentiles as Fellow Heirs (Ephesians 3:6)

Write a review of Tim Hegg’s book “Fellow Heirs” and a persuasive essay on why young, Torah-Observant believers should read this book and what they can get out of it. Thoroughly read the book and take notes. Summarize the plot or main arguments, then provide context about the author and genre. Consider the audience, share your personal response, and conclude with a recommendation.

The Rules

Contestants must be 18 years old or younger on August 16, 2024 and will need to write a paper that is 1,000 to 1,500 words in length and presented in PDF format. 

Submissions must be uploaded to the TR Learning Center before August 16, 2024 by 11:59pm. You, or a parent, will need to create a free account in advance. 

Each contestant can only submit 1 Essay. 

Papers must state the contestant’s name, age, phone number, email address (or parent’s phone and email).

All papers submitted will be considered for publication on TorahResource. By submitting your essay you give TorahResource permission to edit and publish your work on our site. 

Papers submitted cannot have been published on social media, personal blogs, or in any other place previously. 

Winners will be announced on September 16, 2024.

The Judging

Submissions will be judged by a three-person panel based on age, grammar, spelling, clarity of writing, content, biblical support, biblical references.

The Honor Code

To submit your paper you will need to affirm the honor code which states that you wrote the paper yourself with no help from adults except guidance in research, thought process and preparation, and basic help proofreading your final paper. If it is determined at any point that parents or adults help in the actual writing of your paper, or if your paper is written in any way with an A.I. Generator you will be disqualified.
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