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)
- Transmission (include the chart from 58)
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)
For class you read excerpts of David Walker’s Appeal as well as some scholarly literature related to pertinent “scriptures.” Each of you has worked on applying our theory of signification to this particular case study, taking an anthropological approach to David Walker’s use of scriptures in order to see what we might learn about Homo religiosus.
Now we’re going to write it out.
In two groups (one of two, one of three), you are each going to write a collaborative essay that details your analysis. You’re going to use your our analytical writing tools (the Get to the Point Introduction and the ACE Body Paragraph models) to do this. Review if you’re feeling a little rusty.
First, you’re going to start off by review each other’s analysis so that you can come to a common argument. This will help you establish your thesis statement. Note that your critical response will be the same because we’re all using Charles Long’s “Perspectives” and anthropological lens to think about Walker’s use of the Bible.
Second, you’re going to then determine the best way to teach us your corporate argument. What are the assertions that you need to make and in what order? Then think about using evidence from Long, Jacobson & Jacobson, Beal, Britt, and Walker to make your case. You can simply cite by doing –> (Last Name ##). What commentary do you need to get the reader to understand your point.
Third, Conclude your argument, moving the discussion to an understanding of Walker, the African Diaspora, and the Human in general.
In total your argument need not be any more than 800 words. You are free to type your essays or hand write them. I’ll also allow you to write them using the Get to the Point worksheet and ACE model matrix formats as long as you write in complete sentences in them.
On Tuesday, we will spend some time workshopping your contributions. Please submit your entries to Dr. Merinda Simmons who will place them in my office box. If you completed the assignment electronically, please email me it by the end of the class. Make sure to write your names on the assignment.