Sacred Texts Term 4


So far this term we’ve looked at:

a)  the nature of truth in sacred texts and how texts can be interpreted in different ways.

b) Hermeneutical tools

c) The concepts of ‘The World of the Text’ – Inside, behind, in front of; Texts:  text, pretext, context

d) Sacred Text excerpts:  Genesis story of Creation (Adam and Eve), The Book of Ruth, Noah and the Flood.

The following resources have been used in class.  Please make sure you download these and use them to revise for your exam and help when constructing your writing practice activities in class time:









General Class Feedback on Essay Drafts

Hi class, here is a word document outlining some main points you should consider for your essays.  I have included some samples of submitted essays with my feedback.  Please check your work to ensure your essay has the necessary formal academic tone required of a Study of Religion essay.  Your essay should show depth of research and analysis, with clear links made to your hypothesis throughout your entire essay.

General Class Feedback

Research – Exploring Hinduism


  1. In this lesson, you need to access the following articles on Hinduism and practice your research skills, particularly your ability to sort, analyse and evaluate information:  Exploring the roots of village Hinduism in South AsiaHindu Caste System Information; History of the Caste System; Indian Wedding Traditions; Religion_Today_Hinduism_Today_An_Introduction_16_to_75
  2. Choose one of the articles to read first.  Take detailed notes, making sure not to copy down sentences word for word – just dot points.  If you find any sentences that you think might be useful for our overall ‘ritual’ topic, you should write them down word for word.  Make sure you put them in quotation marks and write the exact page number of the article where you found the information.
  3. After you finish reading your first article, think about whether you found out any useful information which might help you to answer the question:  What is the significance of ritual to adherents of Hinduism?   Write 5 focus questions which you can use to then focus your reading more as you begin to read through the remaining articles.
  4. Read some of the other articles.  Write down answers to your focus questions as you find them.
  5. Write hypothesis statements in response to the question in red above.  Your statement should change as you read more and more about this topic.
  6. As you continue reading, condense your framing questions into three main research questions which might form the 3 body paragraphs to an essay.
  7. Compile your research notes in a word document and send it me when you’ve finished.