RELIGION 235 - Introduction to the Tanakh/Old Testament
Section: 001
Term: FA 2019
Subject: Religion (RELIGION)
Department: LSA Studies in Religion
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May not be repeated for credit.
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This course is designed to introduce the student to the modern study of the Hebrew Bible. This three-thousand-year-old collection of texts is studied both as a cultural vestige of the ancient Near East and as a foundational document of the West. Lectures and readings focus on the development of ancient Israelite literature, religion, and history, as well as on the roles of those figures central to the formation and maintenance of early Israel's traditions: the priest, king, prophet, and sage. The approach will be literary, historical, and critical using methods employed by scholars of different intellectual and religious persuasions. The course is designed to challenge the student with a series of questions and issues often ignored or neglected in spite of the widespread use of the Bible today.

Course Requirements:

Student performance will be assessed on the basis of combined scores awarded for regular, but brief written assignments and readings, two half-term exams, and participation and attendance.

Intended Audience:

This course is intended for all undergraduates seeking to enhance their general knowledge of the Bible and related topics, in particular, those who are interested in Biblical Studies, Ancient History, Theology and Religion, and Early Israel.

Class Format:

Two 90-minute meetings weekly

RELIGION 235 - Introduction to the Tanakh/Old Testament
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001 (LEC)
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
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