Bible as Literature

Catherine S. Cox, Bible as Literature, Fall 2017

Course Description:

EngLit 0598 is designed to offer interested students an opportunity to study, in English translation, the poetry and prose of the Hebrew Bible, developing skills in close reading, critical thinking, and rhetorically effective writing. We will analyze the literary selections in their historical, intellectual, and literary contexts, considering a variety of critical approaches. Enrollment in EngLit 0598 is selective, and presupposes academic skills appropriate for an introductory college literature course, as well as an active and open-minded interest in reading, thinking, and writing. (While religious tradition is obviously an important cultural context, the course will neither endorse nor refute any specific doctrine or beliefs.)

Materials Needed:

The JPS Hebrew-English Tanakh (ISBN 10- 0827606974)

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Catherine S. Cox, Bible as Literature, Fall 2016

Course Description

This introductory course acquaints students with what is in the Bible and provides background information drawn from various disciplines about the elements and issues that give it its distinctive character. Attention is necessarily given to its religious perspectives, as they govern the nature and point of view of the biblical narratives, but no specific religious view is urged.

Required Texts:

The JPS Hebrew-English Tanakh (ISBN 10- 0827606974) is the assigned primary text to be used for class, exam, and paper purposes. Additional materials within "fair use" copyright limits, primarily from Harris's Understanding the Bible, will be distributed in class occasionally and assigned as background and historical reading material to accompany the primary text. (Interested students might wish to consider purchasing the Harris book as an additional, though completely optional, resource.) Other optional materials for interested students will be available on the CourseWeb site for this course across the term as announced.

Syllabus: 

Catherine S. Cox, Bible as Literature, Fall 2015

Course Description

This introductory course acquaints students with what is in the Bible and provides background information drawn from various disciplines about the elements and issues that give it its distinctive character. Attention is necessarily given to its religious perspectives, as they govern the nature and point of view of the biblical narratives, but no specific religious view is urged.

Required Texts:

-The JPS Hebrew-English Tanakh (ISBN 10- 0827606974)
-Harris's Understanding the Bible (optional)

Syllabus: 

Catherine S. Cox, Bible as Literature, Fall 2014

Course Description

This introductory course acquaints students with what is in the Bible and provides background information drawn from various disciplines about the elements and issues that give it its distinctive character. Attention is necessarily given to its religious perspectives, as they govern the nature and point of view of the biblical narratives, but no specific religious view is urged.

Required Texts:

-The JPS Hebrew-English Tanakh (ISBN 10- 0827606974)
-Harris's Understanding the Bible (optional)

Syllabus: 

Catherine S. Cox, Bible as Literature, Fall 2012

Course Description

This introductory course acquaints students with what is in the Bible and provides background information drawn from various disciplines about the elements and issues that give it its distinctive character. Attention is necessarily given to its religious perspectives, as they govern the nature and point of view of the biblical narratives, but no specific religious view is urged.

Required Texts:

The JPS Hebrew-English Tanakh is the assigned primary text to be used for class, exam, and paper purposes; additional xeroxed materials, primarily from Harris's Understanding the Bible, will be distributed in class and assigned as background and historical reading material to accompany the primary text. Additional optional materials for interested students will be available on the CourseWeb site for this course across the term.

Syllabus: 

Catherine S. Cox, Bible as Literature, Fall 2013

Course Description

This introductory course acquaints students with what is in the Bible and provides background information drawn from various disciplines about the elements and issues that give it its distinctive character. Attention is necessarily given to its religious perspectives, as they govern the nature and point of view of the biblical narratives, but no specific religious view is urged.

Required Texts:

The JPS Hebrew-English Tanakh (ISBN 10- 0827606974) is the assigned primary text to be used for class, exam, and paper purposes. Additional materials within "fair use" copyright limits, primarily from Harris's Understanding the Bible, will be distributed in class occasionally and assigned as background and historical reading material to accompany the primary text. (Interested students might wish to consider purchasing the Harris book as an additional, though completely optional, resource.) Other optional materials for interested students will be available on the CourseWeb site for this course across the term as announced.

Syllabus: 
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