Relevant Course Outcomes
  • Students will be able to identify and analyze the textual, historical, and cultural contexts of works of literature.
  • Students will be able to identify and articulate the issues concerning the translation, mistranslation, application, and/or appropriation of the Bible.
  • Students will be able to read works of literature closely and thoroughly.
  • Students will be able to develop insights effectively through written communication.



Due: December 5 (midnight, on Blackboard)

Instructions:

In this part of the course, we are emphasizing (re)interpretations and (re)writings of the Bible. This assignment is intended to parallel that focus by asking you to evaluate a non-traditional version. By non-traditional, we will consider versions that take the Bible "outside of the box," such as the one that reinvents the Bible in Lego or uses emojis. After you have selected one of these versions and after you have read it, you will then complete an evaluation that follows the prescribed format below.


  • Select a section of your non-traditional Bible that we have read or will read the comparable version of in the Oxford Study Bible.
  • Reread the section both in your non-traditional Bible and in the OSB.
  • Write an evaluation that responds to each of these questions. The response to each question must be at minimum 200 words. Also, label each response so that they are easy to distinguish.
    1. Write a summary of what takes place in your selected section.
    2. Provide an analysis of your section. What are the main thematic takeaways?
    3. What are the main similarities in your section between the non-traditional version and the OSB?
    4. What are the main differences in your section between the non-traditional version and the OSB?
    5. Does the meaning of the section change between the two versions? If yes, how? If not, why not?
    6. Is the non-traditional version effective in its representation of your section? Why or why not?

Workshop: November 16
  • You should already have selected your non-traditional Bible version, but, if not, do so now. Choose an online version or order it NOW.
  • Select your section of the Bible we have read or will read for your focus.
  • Begin working on your summary (#1).


Assignment Rubric:
Monthly Focus #3 will be 10% of the full Monthly Focus grade, which is 30% of the overall course grade.
Criteria
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Summary (15 points)
Demonstrates clear understanding of and familiarity with the plot and characters of selected section
Demonstrates solid understanding of and familiarity with the plot and characters of selected section
Demonstrates basic understanding of and familiarity with the plot and characters of selection section
Demonstrates little to no understanding of and familiarity with the plot and characters of selected section
Analysis (25 points)
Demonstrates careful and in-depth thought about the thematic takeaways of selected section
Demonstrates solid and considered thought about the thematic takeaways of selected section
Demonstrates basic thought about the thematic takeaways of selected section
Demonstrates little to no thought about the thematic takeaways of selected section
Similarities (15 points)
Demonstrates careful and in-depth thought about the similarities between the two versions of the Bible
Demonstrates solid and considered thought about the similarities between the two versions of the Bible
Demonstrates basic thought about the similarities between the two versions of the Bible
Demonstrates little to no thought about the similarities between the two versions of the Bible
Differences (15 points)
Demonstrates careful and in-depth thought about the differences between the two versions of the Bible
Demonstrates solid and considered thought about the differences between the two versions of the Bible
Demonstrates basic thought about the differences between the two versions of the Bible
Demonstrates little to no thought about the differences between the two versions of the Bible
Meaning (15 points)
Demonstrates careful and in-depth thought about the potential changes in meaning between the two versions of the Bible
Demonstrates solid and considered thought about the potential changes in meaning between the two versions of the Bible
Demonstrates basic thought about the pontential changes in meaning between the two versions of the Bible
Demonstrates little to no thought about the potential changes in meaning between the two versions of the Bible
Effectiveness (15 points)
Demonstrates careful and in-depth thought about the effectiveness of the non-traditional version
Demonstrates solid and considered thought about the effectiveness of the non-traditional version
Demonstrates basic thought about the effectiveness of the non-traditional version
Demonstrates little to no thought about the effectiveness of the non-traditional version