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Course Description

Introduction to Old Testament/Hebrew Bible (3 cr)
Laura Carlson Hasler
REL-A 210 (4995)
MW 8:00-9:15 am
GenEd A&H, GenED WC, CASE A&H, CASE GCC

What is the Hebrew Bible? And what is good biblical interpretation? To answer the first of these two questions, this course equips you with a working knowledge of the contents of the Hebrew Bible and the context of its composition. We will explore a range of reading practices and themes within the Bible, especially the significance of particular interpretive issues for ancient and modern religious communities. As we answer the second question, you will be asked to keep refining your definition of good biblical interpretation by assessing various historical, aesthetic, and ethical perspectives on biblical and other ancient Jewish literature.