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Spring 2018-2019
* REL 230 / JDS 230 (HA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Who Wrote the Bible

Laura E. Quick

The course will introduce students to the Hebrew Bible ("Old Testament") in its ancient Near Eastern setting. Key concepts such as God, worship, the afterlife, and history, will be scrutinized through a careful reading of a selection of Biblical texts including the Creation and Garden of Eden narratives in Genesis, the laws of Deuteronomy, the prophecies of Isaiah, and the poetry of Psalms. Particular attention will be paid to questions of authorship--possible dating, social setting, and original audience; and to transformations that the texts underwent through a continuous process of transmission and interpretation.

Sample reading list:
Michael D. Coogan, The New Oxford Annotated Bible
John Barton, The Hebrew Bible: A Critical Companion
J. C. Gertz, A. Berlejung, K. Schmid & M. Witte, T&T Clark Handbook of the Old Testament
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Approximately 70 pages of reading per week; weekly discussions; midterm paper in lieu of exam; final essay in lieu of exam.

Requirements/Grading:
Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 30%
Paper in lieu of Final - 50%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
41306 C01 11:00:00 am - 12:20:00 pm M W        Enrolled:67 Limit:75