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REL 226 Overview

Beyond an introduction to the Bible or the Old Testament, the intention of this course is to delve more deeply into the five books of the Pentateuch. The goal of the course is to help students to discover the original historical and religious settings which helped produce these texts in order to better understand the biblical stories. Using historical-critical and comparative methodologies, the various texts and their representative traditions will be studied as interpretive responses to the life situations in the ancient world. Meeting this goal will better enable the reader of the Pentateuch to interpret and appreciate these books as foundational religious literature for both Jews and Christians. However, the primary focus of this course is the academic study of the text as it was intended for its original audience.

  • 3.00 Credits
  • REL