Course Memo

A socio-historical and literary survey of the Pentateuch and Histories with attention to the effects of culture upon both the composition and reception of these writings in faith communities.  The course provides a foundation in critical methodologies and in the theory and practice of exegesis.  In addition, we will wrestle with pastoral dimensions of our study – i.e. what is the relationship of these biblical criticisms to the kinds of interpretations made of the Bible in pastoral places outside the academy; what kinds of ethical, social, and ideological impact does the Bible and its interpretation have in our world? [30 max enrollment]