When we come back to class on Friday, we’ll continue our discussion of what it means to read the Old Testament as literature. Different ways of asking this question might be, “what does it mean to study the OT as literature?” “What types of things does one do or presuppose when one undergoes a literary critical study of the OT?” “What difficulties might one who studies the OT as literature encounter?” “When studying the OT as Literature, what are some things that one should try to avoid?”
We started a good list in class, and I hope you’ll build on those ideas as you read the first three chapters of Marc Brettler. I’ve found that a great introduction to Brettler as a scholar and an intellectual is his interview on NPR about the book we’re reading. Additionally, please read John Gabel’s essay on “The Bible as Literature” and Olshen’s brief chapter, “Return to Tanakh” (.PDF download).
After reading these three selections, you might have some more reflections on what it means to read the OT as Literature. Once you have signed on to your WordPress account, I invite anyone who feels so inclined to write a blog post that synthesizes the wealth of questions at hand here. Feel free to tell us about yourself and speak from your own experience as you approach the OT.
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