HISTORY 230 - Humanities Topics in History
Section: 002 The Problem with the Bible
Term: WN 2018
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
Credits:
3
Requirements & Distribution:
HU
Waitlist Capacity:
unlimited
Cost:
50-100
Repeatability:
May be elected five times for credit.
Primary Instructor:

“It ain't the parts of the Bible that I can't understand that bother me, it's the parts that I do understand” (Mark Twain). For the last two thousand years, Jewish readers of the Bible have expressed similar sentiments.

Since almost the moment it was canonized, the Bible has been a book out of context. Originally composed for a small ethnic group (barely more than an extended family) living in a provincial desert kingdom, the Bible would soon begin a world tour as the Jewish offspring of that original ethnic group established communities across the globe. The Bible would follows its readers to imperial Rome, medieval Persia, early modern India, and contemporary Poland.

As Jews interacted with each new community and developed new values and aesthetics in dialogue with the surrounding culture, they would inevitably discover that the ancient Middle Eastern text that they embraced as the word of God was not entirely in keeping with their current understanding of what was good and proper. This course is about how these diverse Jewish readers grappled with their doubts about the Bible and repeatedly transformed Jewish religious culture in the process.

HISTORY 230 - Humanities Topics in History
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
P
21695
Open
35
 
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MW 8:30AM - 10:00AM
002 (LEC)
P
31493
Open
35
 
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MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
003 (LEC)
P
32606
Open
40
 
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MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM
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