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There are a number of different accounts of Jesus resurrection found in our ancient sources. Paul, in 1 Corinthians, is the earliest, but his account is quite brief. We have much more developed accounts in the four canonical gospels. As we have learned, a gospel is a biographical story about the life of Jesus of Nazareth. Many gospels were written in antiquity, but four are especially well knownthe canonical gospels in the New Testament according to Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. These four gospels all have something to say about what happened to Jesus after he was crucified. They all say that once Jesus was dead, his lifeless body was taken down from the cross and put in a tomb. What happens next, however, is a matter of some disagreement among our sources. Certainly, there are many similarities among the four accounts of Jesus resurrection, but there are also striking differences.

To complete this assignment, you need to use what we have discussed in lecture, what you have read in Kennedy, and what you have read/seen/listened to on the blog (or via the links on the blog) in order to analyze how Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John conclude their biographies of Jesus, and especially how the gospel writers present the resurrection of Jesus. What you are doing in this project is critically analyzing the various accounts found in the gospels in order to 1) discuss the similarities and differences among them and then 2) suggest reasons why each author may have portrayed the resurrection of Jesus as he did.

(Read the above paragraph two more times. Its crucial to your success on this assignment.)

Some things to keep in mind as you read the gospel accounts of Jesus resurrection: who goes to the empty tomb? When do they go? What do they see? Does Jesus appear? If so, when and where does Jesus appear, and to whom? What is Jesus likedoes he seem like a human, or is he a spiritual being? What happens at the end of each text? Where does Jesus go? What seems to be important to each writer? And, most importantly, why might each author present Jesus in the way he does? (To answer this, youll need to review the material on the blog, especially the PBS Frontline clips about the gospels, and in Kennedy.)

The relevant passages (for which you will find a link below) are these:

Mk 16:1-8 (The Gospel according to Mark, Chapter 16, verses 1 through 8) note that this isnt the ending of Mark you might be familiar with.

Mt 28 (The Gospel according to Matthew, Chapter 28)

Lk 24 (The Gospel according to Luke, Chapter 24)

Jn 19:38 21:25 (The Gospel according to John, Chapter 19, verse 38, through Chapter 21, verse 25)

The Assignment:

In this project, it is your task to create ten annotations (an annotation is a note of explanation or commentary), each of at least 200 words, that also embed (as necessary, but without overkill) images and videos and/or links to outside textual/Internet sources. If someone else has already annotated a passage that you wished to annotate, you should comment upon that persons annotation, expanding upon (or saying something different from) what they have to say. It is extremely important that you demonstrate excellent grammar and analysis in all of your annotations. At the same time, you must understand that you are creating, as the Genius site instructs, dynamic content that uses proper formatting and multimedia to enhance traditional writing.

To such an end:

Heres a video about how to insert hyperlinks in your annotations.

Heres another video: this one is about how to add pictures to your annotations.

For more on that, and for a more detailed explanation of how to annotate texts in this way, you must read the Students Guide to Genius very closely! For further tips, hints, and guidelines, you must also read the Poetry Genius Guidelines. Through the Students Guide to Genius and the Poetry Genius Guidelines, you will have access to everything you need to know about how to get started and how to properly annotate texts.

Here is where I will repeat my instructions from the previous paragraph to read the Students Guide to Genius and the Poetry Genius Guidelines very closely! Please dont email me questions about this assignment until youve first looked over the Students Guide to Genius and the Poetry Genius Guidelines thoroughly!

*Note that these guides also explain the process for creating an account. Please remember to email me your user name if you choose not to use your first and last name as your user name!

CITATION STYLE :: You should cite your sources when youre directly quoting from them, when youre paraphrasing them, and even when you simply intend to refer the reader to an idea youre discussing. The major sources from which youll probably be citing are explained below. Other sources should be cited by direct Internet link in your annotations.

Kennedy ::

Please refer to Kennedy by in-text parenthetical citation in your annotations or comments. For example: According to Kennedy, Jesus and his disciples spent all of their existence under the heel of the Roman Empire (Kennedy, 4). You do not need to refer to the title of Kennedys book or the publication information, but if you quote him be sure to get the page number (and the quotation!) accurate. If you paraphrase Kennedy without quoting him, you still need to cite where youre getting the information. For example: According to Kennedy, Jesus and his disciples lived their whole lives under the authority of Rome (Kennedy, 4).

Lecture ::

If youre citing something that was said in a lecture video, just cite it parenthetically as (Lecture 1) or As Smith said in Lecture 2

Podcasts ::

Again, use a parenthetical reference (Goodacre podcast) or just say something like: Mark Goodacre says x, y, z in his podcast. If you are quoting him directly make sure to get the quote right and make sure to put quotation marks around it.

PBS Frontline ::

If youre referring to a video clip, then you need to state who said what it is that youre quoting. If it was the narrator, say so. Otherwise, youll want to refer to Harold Attridge, Allen Callahan, John Dominic Crossan, Paula Fredriksen, Holland Hendrix, Helmut Koester, or L. Michael White. If youre citing text from the PBS Frontline website then you need to quote it accurately and note who said it. Most of the text was written by one of the above-named scholars or Marilyn Mellowes; the website is clear about who wrote what. You can follow parenthetical citation method here, too. As in Blah, blah, Jesus, blah blah Mediterranean world (PBS, Fredriksen)

ASSESSMENT :: Successful annotations will demonstrate that you have thought about and applied what you have learned from the lectures and, especially, from the primary and secondary sources weve read. Reproducing a string of facts, figures, and buzz words is not the goal; the objective is to demonstrate an understanding and synthesis of the course material by means of a well-structured, well-written, and well-conceived annotation.

Each of your ten annotations will be marked on a 2-point scale. You should understand these grades as follows, as defined by UTM:

A Exceptional performance: strong evidence of original thinking; good organization, capacity to analyze and synthesize; superior grasp of subject matter with sound critical evaluations; evidence of extensive knowledge base.(A+=2 / A=1.75)

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