Karl N. Jacobson and Rolf A. Jacobson offer a broad look at the phenomenon that we frequently refer to as “scriptures.” As you read, I want you to focus particularly on the “Introduction” and “Sacred Writings and Books” sections of their essay (pages 54-55). After this, I want you to skim through the remainder of the chapter to see what you glean about the meaning of each term and how such plays out in Jacobson and Jacobson’s discussions of different religions and their scriptures.

Let’s begin by defining the following key terms. These are pivotal particularly for referencing the way people approach texts of import. The answers should all be found from pages 54-55.

  • Definition/Composition/Canon (we’ll use the term “canon” in class)
  • Authorship
  • Transmission (include the chart from 58)
  • Authority
  • Genre
  • Interpretation
  • Role
Severus Snape standing of Harry Potter and Ron Weasley, they are reading books and writing with Quills. Snape is yanking on their heads to get them to pay attention.

In the chart on page 54 and elsewhere, Jacobson and Jacobson compare the sacred texts of different religions. Do you think this is a fair, apples to apples comparison? For instance, is the Bible: Christianity :: Qur’an: Islam::Tanakh: Judaism? Use what you know to say why or why not? You are free to do a little digging on the internet if you need more information off which to go on. And once you answer “yes” or “no,” I want you to defend your case. (250 words)