REL 201
The Hebrew Bible Fall 2024
Division II
Cross-listed JWST 201 / COMP 201

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
Limit: 40
Expected: 40
Class#: 1835
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: Class participation, short written assignments, midterm and final exams.
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: If the course is overenrolled, preference will be given to Jewish Studies concentrators and Religion and Comparative Literature majors.
Distributions: Division II
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
JWST 201 Division II COMP 201 Division I REL 201 Division II
Attributes: JWST Gateway Courses

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