Ronald Hendel (Home Department: Near Eastern Studies)
Monday, Wednesday and Friday 12:00-1:00, 110 Barrows Hall (4 units), Class number: 44398

The ways that people understand the Bible are deeply linked with their ways of understanding and living in the world. We will explore the changes in biblical interpretation over the last two thousand years as a key to the shifting horizons of Western culture, politics, and religion. Topics will range widely, from the birth of the Bible to ancient heresies to modern philosophy, science, and literature. This will be a genealogy of western thought as it wrestles with its canonical text.

All are welcome, but the upper-division designation signals that the course will involve a good deal of reading, writing and thinking.


This course may be used to satisfy the Arts and Literature or Social and Behavioral Sciences breadth requirement in Letters and Science.