This is a course on the Bible as literature, not the Bible as theology, as history, as archaeology, etc., though clearly any reading and understanding of the Bible involves an understanding of many related fields of study. Recognizing that many, if not most, people read the Bible as a profound document of religious expression, we will approach the Bible as one of the great classics of world literature, exploring its themes, characters, literary forms, and its overwhelming influence on modern culture. Required text for the course: The Oxford Study Bible (Revised English Bible with the Apocrypha). In addition to the required readings from the text various essays dealing with literary and other aspects of the Bible will be assigned. There will be three examinations.
FULFILLS THE PRE-1800 REQUIREMENT