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Blog Topics ( permalink ) Created on Thursday, 01/14/2010 6:43 PM by DAVID E RACKER Updated on Monday, 01/25/2010 11:00 AM by DAVID E RACKER 1 Answer one or more of these questions from Stephen Greenblatt's essay "Culture" about Gilgamesh (minimum 100 words ): What kinds of behavior, what models of practice, does this work seem to enforce? Why might readers at a particular time and place find this work compelling? Are there differences between my values and the values implicit in the work I am reading? Upon what social understandings does the work depend? Whose freedom of thought or movement might be constrained implicitly or explicitly by this work? What are the larger social structures with which these particular acts of praise or blame might be connected? 2 Tablets II-V and VII-X of Gilgamesh are missing a substantial part of the text. As a class fill in, that is, invent or make up as much of the missing text in these tablets as you can following the poetic pattern the epic is written in: four line stanzas with each line in the stanza being a complete sentence. For this assignment each student should pick a missing section and write eight lines of poetry(two stanzas) or if you are filling in the missing words in partially completed stanzas, copy each partially completed stanza and fill in the at least 70 words (About the number of words in two complete stanzas). In the subject line of your entry identify the tablet and line numbers you are inventing. Read the subject line of students who have posted before you and do not duplicate their work Make your stanzas fit logically and thematically with what is already written in the text. 3 For this blog do not post on Blog Tool; instead complete the chart handed out in class comparing the Utnapishti Flood Story to the Noah Flood Story (also posted under Course Documents); use Gilgamesh , Genesis, and the Youtube video posted under Course Documents to answer the questions. Hand the chart in on the day we discuss the similarities 4 In her book A History of God , Karen Armstrong writes that humans develop a concept of god in order “to explain the mystery and tragedy of life”; that the “numinous,” the sense of the “spiritual” or “holy,” is basic to religion and that humans have faith in a god because that god works for them. Implicit in her claim is that different humans can and do conceive of the numinous in different ways and that the god of the Hebrew Bible (the Old Testament) is one of those ways. Based upon what you read in Genesis, how would you describe this god? God speaks for himself through both his words and actions. In Genesis, consider God's words and actions as he creates; as he interacts with Adam, Eve, and Cain; as he decides to blot out all flesh with the flood; and/or as he responds to the people of Shinar building the tower and the city later called Babel . How would you describe this god? Just? Compassionate? Generous? Capricious? Cruel? Quote from Genesis to support your claim(s). (A minimum of 100 words)
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This note was uploaded on 08/30/2011 for the course INTELLECTU 0851 taught by Professor Dr.racker during the Spring '10 term at Temple.

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