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Fall 2018-2019
* ENG 390 / COM 207 / HUM 207 (LA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

The Bible as Literature

Donald Vance Smith

This course will study what it means to read the Bible in a literary way: what literary devices does it contain, and how has it influenced the way we read literature today? What new patterns and meanings emerge? This course will examine the structures and modes of the Biblical books; the formation of the canon and the history of the apocryphal or deuterocanonical books; questions of authorship; its literary genres; histories of exegesis, interpretation, and commentary; the redaction, division, and ordering of biblical texts; the cultural, political, and intellectual worlds within which these texts were written.

Sample reading list:
The Oxford Study Bible: Revised English Bible with Apocrypha
Robert Alter, Frank Kermode, A Literary Guide to the Bible
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Approximately two Biblical books per week; assigned secondary reading; two written essays.

Take Home Mid term Exam - 20%
Take Home Final Exam - 30%
Papers - 40%
Class/Precept Participation - 10%

Other information:
Even if you do not know Hebrew or Greek (and you do not need to), you will learn how to study Biblical texts in the original languages.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
20506 L01 01:30:00 pm - 02:20:00 pm M W   East Pyne Building   010   Enrolled:26 Limit:40
20507 P01 02:30:00 pm - 03:20:00 pm W   McCosh Hall   B45   Enrolled:11 Limit:14
20508 P02 02:30:00 pm - 03:20:00 pm M   McCosh Hall   B45   Enrolled:8 Limit:13
20509 P03 03:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm W   McCosh Hall   B13   Enrolled:7 Limit:13