About REL 1250 A

An introduction to the historical study of religion and its relation to written texts through an examination of the creation of biblical and related writings of ancient Israel, Egypt, Assyria, Babylon, and the early Christian movement. Representative topics: What is the Bible; Literary and Historical Perspectives on the Bible. May repeat for credit with different content. Topics vary by offering; periodic offering at intervals that may exceed four years. Cross-listed with: ENGL 1305.


Colocated with ENGL 1100; Total combined enrollment: 40; Open to Degree and PACE students

Section Description

What is the Bible? is premised on the notion that a full understanding of the Bible requires an in-depth consideration of how, why, when, and even where it was written. To that end, the course will focus on the development of Jewish culture in its relation both to the rise and fall of the nation-state of Israel (including its often vexed relationship to other near-Eastern cultures) and to the biblical notion of the covenant as this at once inflected and was inflected by cultural and political affairs. The final unit of the course will examine the emergence of Christianity as one line of evolution within this predominantly Jewish culture, with particular attention to how the concept of the Messiah (the anointed one) was applied to Jesus of Nazareth.

Section Expectation

First and foremost: open-mindedness. But also a commitment to reading, regular attendance in class, and attentiveness to the guidelines for specific assignments

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