RELI 339: The Bible as Literature

RELI 339-002: The Bible as Literature
(Spring 2024)

09:00 AM to 10:15 AM TR

Horizon Hall 3008

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Section Information for Spring 2024

The Bible is a collection of books that have captured the imagination of people all over the world for thousands of years. We are going to read and explore a variety of biblical texts with a focus on storytelling, character development, and all the other qualities that make these stories have a lasting impression. We’ll read the thoughts and commentary of a of scholars and writers, and we’ll focus significant attention to our own perspectives on this material.

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Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Analyzes the Bible as a collection of literary texts. Course readings will include selections from the Jewish Tanakh and from the Christian New Testament. Students will become familiar with contemporary scholarship on the Bible and sample the Bible's impact on the art and literature of the last millennia. Students will become conversant with concepts such as scripture, canon, source criticism, historical criticism, genre, and reception history. Limited to three attempts.
Mason Core: Literature
Schedule Type: Lecture
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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