English 357

Biblical Narrative: Genesis and After

Full course for one semester. This course examines biblical narratives from Genesis to Job, Ruth, and Chronicles in light of interpretive approaches from midrash to contemporary narrative poetics. Although the course will provide a survey of the Hebrew bible (Tanakh), and some consideration of its socio-historical context, the focus of the course will be literary analysis of selected texts. Readings will include a number of recent studies of the characteristics and conventions of biblical narrative modes, as well as selections from a variety of early modern and recent English translations. This course fulfills the English department requirement for a course in literature prior to 1700. Prerequisite: two courses in English or other literature, or consent of the instructor. Conference. Cross-listed as Religion 257. Not offered 2005-06.

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