A.  Please read this overview of the process of writing (Links to an external site.).[1]  Here a couple of things to think about as you’re reading this.

1) Identify at least one takeaway from the section that you thought might be useful for you in your writing.

2) Identify at least one important element of a strong thesis.

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Phil 133W/Engl 115W Short Exercise #2 This assignment is intended to give you your first more formal writing assignment in this class and possibly to provide some building material for the larger paper assignment (Essay 1). You are to write a short (2-3 page) paper analyzing the use of “body” in the Pauline literature we have been/are reading. One way to approach this assignment is to think of what you would have to do to write a dictionary or encyclopedia article on the term. At the end of this prompt is a list of all the occurrences of “body” (actually, the Greek word, sōma) in the Pauline texts in the course. Look up every use and ask yourself what it means in its context. What kind of thing is sōma in that passage? It’s good to think of it as sōma (some kind of body thing/type). Make a list of meanings you see. Organize your list into the range of meanings you have found. Is it literal sometimes? Metaphor, other times? Both? No secondary research is required (indeed it is discouraged) for this assignment, I’m interested in what you come up with, not others’ opinions. This essay should not simply be a list, but organized prose. I want to you to focus this exercise on describing what you understand the range of meanings of this word to be in Paul. Your thesis will be the claim you are making about the range of meanings—how many and what kind. The body of the exercise will lead the reader through your argument and evidence for that range of meanings (your thesis). I want you to work on composing the best thesis statement that encompasses the meanings you see. Part of the goal here is to think about what makes a thesis one that is robust. Think about the following weak thesis: “There are some literal and some metaphoric uses of ‘body’ in Paul.” What is weak about that? Why? What could be better? (Deciding that will require working through the meanings.) Once you have worked through the texts, generating the “data” you see in Paul’s uses, then try to construct a thesis (your claim about the range of meanings of ‘body’ in the text) that at least contains and describes the main points of what you see in the text. Then, if there are two, three, four, or whatever primary meanings (that you see), which texts go with which meaning? These would then be the evidence/argument in support of your thesis. This can be a back and forth process. As you work to fit the data with the thesis, the thesis might need changing/augmenting/clarifying to accommodate data you hadn’t quite noticed in the way you noticed it before. Final product: A short essay presenting the meanings of ‘body’. I don’t want you to explore the implications of the different meanings. Your goal is descriptive. This is a short exercise. Your introductory paragraph should introduce the topic and the best, robust thesis you can reflecting your understanding of ‘body’. Then I want you to write supporting paragraphs, showing examples, descriptively, however, not just quoting text from Paul, of the meanings you see. Here you should also think about order. You should think about the reasons you have for having the second paragraph second and not third, etc. There should be a least one substantive paragraph for each main meaning you see. There may be more depending on ranges or sub-categories you think about. Finally, compose a concluding paragraph. Powell has introduced Col and Eph and you know that scholars dispute whether or not Paul wrote those letters. You are not to argue the case one way or the other. You are describing the range of meanings you see. Whether or not Paul wrote all the letters, it is clear words can have a range of meanings. Important Details: You know I don’t like doing pages or word count. The exercise should be long enough so that your reader can see the force of your thesis. Two and a half to three pages should do it for this exercise, 850-1200 words. I want you to highlight your thesis statement in your essay. This is important. Texts we’ve read: 1 Cor 5:3; 6:13; 6:13; 6:15; 6:16; 6:18; 6:18; 6:19; 6:20; 7:4; 7:4; 7:34; 9:27; 10:16; 10:17; 11:24; 11:27; 11:29; 12:12; 12:12; 12:12; 12:13; 12:14; 12:15; 12:15; 12:16; 12:16; 12:17; 12:18; 12:19; 12:20; 12:22; 12:23; 12:24; 12:25; 12:27; 13:3; 15:35; 15:37; 15:38; 15:38; 15:40; 15:40; 15:44; 15:44; 15:44; Gal 6:17; 1 Thess 5:23. Col 1:18; 1:22; 1:24; 2:11; 2:17; 2:19; 2:23; 3:15; Eph 1:23; 2:16; 4:4; 4:12; 4:16; 4:16; 5:23; 5:28; 5:30. You need not address the following, but here are the remaining instances of “body” in the Pauline corpus (a Latin word for “sōma!”): Romans 1:24; 4:19; 6:6; 6:12; 7:4; 7:24; 8:10; 8:11; 8:13; 8:23; 12:1; 12:4; 12:5 2 Cor 4:10; 4:10; 5:6; 5:8; 5:10; 10:10; 12:2; 12:2; 12:3; 12: Phil 1:20; 3:21; 3:21;

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