MIDEAST 591 - Topics in Middle East Studies: Religion
Section: 001 Textual and Intepretive Issues in the Book of Job
Term: FA 2018
Subject: Middle East Studies (MIDEAST)
Department: LSA Middle East Studies
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
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This advanced seminar is designed as a close reading of selections from the Hebrew text of the book of Job as they relate to such classic conundrums as the suffering of the innocent, a just or unjust God, and the inescapability of chaos, all as shared human experience. The seminar addresses head-on, the deeper underlying critical Hebrew textual and interpretive issues and problems in the Book of Job. As is widely recognized, the book of Job presents several seemingly insurmountable conundrums, yet all agree, it is wholly unique, serving as it does as the pivotal countervalent book within the canonical traditions of both Judaism (TNK) and Christianity (OT). Thus, fittingly, Job has for more than two thousand years invited, no implored, challenge and examination by all sort and sundry. The course addresses the need for a wide ranging exploration into the various ethical, religious and philosophical issues that emerge from a close reading of Job and that in turn can inform individual and community perspectives both in daily life as well as concerning current events in the local and global arenas.

Course Requirements:

Regular class preparation (Hebrew text translation and regular "issues" essays 50%), major written project (30%), project presentation (20%)

Intended Audience:

The Undergraduate/Graduate student with intermediate/advanced competencies in Classical Hebrew.

MIDEAST 591 - Topics in Middle East Studies: Religion
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