INT-3045 The Bible: History, Literature, Spirituality

3 credits

Prerequisite: None.

The course is a group inquiry into the meanings and historical/cultural contexts of several books of the Old and New Testaments. Genesis, Exodus, Psalms, Job, The Gospel of Mark, and The Gospel of Matthew will be particularly emphasized. Texts which have been considered sacred carry a special charge. You should be prepared to be open to learning, discussing, and arguing with classmates, as well as with the teacher. You will be asked to examine the gist and implications of concepts such as monotheism, the Chosen People, righteousness and its rewards, the Messiah, the Kingdom of God, forgiveness, the Day of Judgment, and, through discussion and a variety of mostly short writing assignments, to close the gap between what you read and yourself. Meets Part III of the GECC.