Write a 5-7 page paper offering comparative textual analysis on two out of these three texts: (1) The Gospel of Mark (or one of the other canonical gospels), (2) Athanasius, On the Incarnation (excerpts)

Textual Analysis Paper

Each student will write a 5-7 page paper offering comparative textual analysis on two out of these

three texts: (1) The Gospel of Mark (or one of the other canonical gospels), (2) Athanasius, On the

Incarnation (excerpts), and (3) either the Gospel of Thomas or the Gospel of Peter. Here are some

guiding questions for your argument: What is this text’s presentation of Jesus? Who is this text trying to make Jesus out to be? Where does each text place theological emphasis; what does each text seem 6 of 8 to regard as theologically unimportant? What literary and argumentative techniques are employed to depict Jesus and what is their effect? What are the most important differences between the two texts

that you have selected?

In a paper of this length, it is wise to focus your comparative analysis on some narrower aspect of the

texts rather than the text as a whole. Students are encouraged to focus on a narrower topic or theme

that is of interest to them. Please come by office hours if you would like help coming up with a

theme for your paper.

In doing research for this paper, students should read (and cite) at least one scholarly secondary

source for each of the primary texts that they analyze. An excellent analysis/argument will likely

require more than one secondary source per text.

 

https://mylmuconnect.lmu.edu/bbcswebdav/pid-1552161-dt-content-rid-2593326_1/xid-2593326_1    (gospel of mark)

https://mylmuconnect.lmu.edu/bbcswebdav/pid-1552161-dt-content-rid-2593327_1/xid-2593327_1      (gospel thomas)

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