This course introduces students to the literature of the Bible. To study the Bible “as literature” means that we will approach these writings the same way we approach any work of literature: we explore characters, genre; narrative development, styles of narration, point of view,
etc.… Some of the genres and motifs we will discuss include origin stories, hero stories, psalms, parables, the loss of Eden, and the journey to the Promised Land. We will also consider some of the ways Jewish, Christian, Muslim, and secular readers have interpreted and made use of the Bible. In addition to analyzing texts in the Biblical canon we will explore some of the echoes of these texts in subsequent works of art, literature, film, and music.
Course requirements include short weekly responses, an analytic essay (5-7 pages), a mid-term, and a final.