REL 201 The Hebrew Bible

Last offered Fall 2013

Cross Listed as JWST201, COMP201
The Hebrew Bible is perhaps the single most influential work in the history of Western philosophy, literature, and art. But the overwhelming presence of the text in nearly every aspect of modern culture often obscures the sheer brilliance of its narrative technique as well as the complex interplay between law, history, prophecy, and poetry. This course offers a comprehensive introduction to the literary, historical, and theological aspects of the Hebrew Bible with an eye towards developing a sophisticated understanding of the text in its ancient context. Through the close reading of substantial portions of the Hebrew Scripture in translation and the application of various modern critical approaches to culture and literature, students will explore fundamental questions about the social, ritual, and philosophical history of ancient Israel, as well as the fundamental power of storytelling that has resonated across two millennia.
Class Format: lecture/discussion
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on class participation, short written assignments, and two to three longer papers
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Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preference: Jewish Studies concentrators, Religion and Comparative Literature majors
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Distribution Notes: meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under REL or JWST; meets Division 1 requirement if registration is under COMP
Divisional Attributes: Division II
Other Attributes: ARAB Arabic Studies Electives, JWST Gateway Courses
Enrollment Limit: 40
Expected Enrollment: 40
Class Number: 1645
REL 201 LEC The Hebrew Bible Division 2: Social Studies Edan Dekel
REL 201 LEC The Hebrew Bible Division 2: Social Studies Edan Dekel
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