COMP 201
The Hebrew Bible
Last Offered Fall 2013
Division II
Cross-listed JWST 201 / REL 201 / COMP 201
This course is not offered in the current catalog or this is a previous listing for a current course.

Class Details

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.
The Class: Format: lecture/discussion
Limit: 40
Expected: 40
Class#: 1646
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on class participation, short written assignments, and two to three longer papers
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: Jewish Studies concentrators, Religion and Comparative Literature majors
Distributions: Division II
Notes: meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under REL or JWST; meets Division 1 requirement if registration is under COMP
This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
JWST 201 Division II REL 201 Division II COMP 201 Division II
Attributes: ARAB Arabic Studies Electives
JWST Gateway Courses
REL Jewish Tradition Courses

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