Course Memo

The Hebrew Bible and New Testament present an understanding of embodied life, including how bodies are formed and operate, how our bodies should act, and matters of health and sexuality.  In contrast to readings of the Bible as promoting a normative approach and a singular or restrictive ethic for bodies, we will experience the Bible’s acceptance of a range of bodies, abilities, orientations, expressions, and performances of human embodiment.  This course explores how ancient texts provide both positive and problematic understandings of the human body, and also utilizes contemporary theologies of embodiment to expand our understanding of the Bible.