English 107

The Bible as Literature


Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Spring 2018 Goldsmith, Steven
Lectures MW 12-1 + one hour of discussion section per week (sec. 101: F 10-11; sec. 102: F 12-1; sec. 103: F 12-1; sec. 104: F 2-3) Lectures: 2060 Valley LSB; disc. secs. in different locations

Book List

New Oxford Annotated Bible, College Edition; Alter: Genesis; Browning: Dictionary of the Bible

Description

In this class, we will read a selection of biblical texts as literature; that is, we will read them in many ways but not as divine revelation.  We will take up traditional literary questions of form, style, and structure, but we will also learn how to ask historical, political, and theoretical questions of a text that is multi-authored, thoroughly fissured, and complexly sedimented in its historical layers.  Among other topics, we will pay special attention to how authority is established and contested in biblical texts; how biblical authors negotiate the ancient Hebrew prohibition against representing God in images; and how the gospels are socially and historically poised between the original Jesus movement that is their source and the institutionalization of the church that follows.  Assignments will include at least a take-home midterm and a final, perhaps more.

Discussion Sections

101 Wilson, Evan
F 10-11 301 Wheeler
102 Stevenson, Max
F 12-1 115 Kroeber
103 Wilson, Evan
Thurs. 11-12 305 Wheeler
104 Stevenson, Max
Thurs. 1-2 305 Wheeler

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