See Introduction to Unit 5.
The Unit 5 Handout introduces the student to a very important translation issue in Genesis 2:18.
In the King James Version, two separate Hebrew words are translated “help” and “meet.” The
verse then reads: “And the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will
make him a help meet for him” (Genesis 2:18, KJV). Since this wording has an “old English”
sound, the New King James Version translated the two words, “helper comparable to him.”
However, in modern English the word “helper” carries the idea of an assistant who is less
What God Has Joined Together elaborates on the original meaning of God’s creation of the
woman as a “help” who would “meet” face to face with Adam in order for the two of them to live
together in a dynamic relationship of help for one another in the same manner that God is the
help for His people. Men Are Like Waffles; Women Are Like Spaghetti compares the mutual
need for help to the ideas of syrup on waffles and sauce on spaghetti. The Family emphasizes the
importance of making sure that reality is a vital part of “mate selection” as romance, and vice

 Textbook: The Family: A Christian Perspective on the Contemporary Home

Upon completion of this assignment you should be able to:
 Complete a critical/reflective writing on, “Mate Selection: Romance and Reality,” using proper grammar, spelling, syntax, logic, and so forth.
 Textbook: The Family: A Christian Perspective on the Contemporary Home
1. Write a reflection paper on marriage as presented by Balswick in Chapter 3.
2. Reflection papers should be from 300 to 500 words and must show a level of critical analysis that reflects your understanding of the reading as well as your own personal response.
3. Compose the paper in a Word document.

Carefully following the instructions for this assignment, write a reflection/summary paper that demonstrates:

1. An understanding of the assigned reading.

2. A capacity for critical analysis.

3. An ability to apply the material in a practical manner.

Unlike a research paper, a reflection/summary does not require footnotes or references because it is a specifically assigned reading. Your own words are preferable to quotes in that the focus is upon your understanding and application of the information that has been presented.

Your paper should:

1. Be 300 to 500 words in length.

2. Be submitted in a Word document with one-inch margins and double-spaced.

3. Be written according to APA Writing Style Guidelines: See Writing Style Guides under Course Introduction.

It will be evaluated according to the following guide:

Intent – Does it demonstrate an understanding of the assignment?

Application – Must show a level of critical analysis that demonstrates the ability to apply the 
material in a practical manner.

Creativity – Is it obviously original?

Academic Propriety – Are correct spelling, proper grammar and well-formed sentences apparent?


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