Category Archives: Supplementary Readings

Psalm 23 in Early Modern Culture

On Monday’s class we’ll be considering one of the most famous poems in the Old Testament, Psalm 23.  Chances are, if you’ve heard of the Bible, you’ve heard of this poem.  For our class, we’ll read Psalm 23 as existing … Continue reading

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Writing About Literature Readings

A couple more words on writing.  Remember that by this Friday everyone should have responded with insight to at least three topic prospectus posts on the blog.  I encourage everyone to have an ongoing dialogue throughout the writing process. On … Continue reading

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Holiness and Leviticus: A Reading Guide to Prepare for Class

Leviticus is a radical departure from Exodus in many ways.  Instead of protracted narratives that are filled with tense moments, we have a series of laws and rituals that could seem strange to many of us.  Much of the text … Continue reading

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Abraham, Isaac, and Covenant

On Friday, we’ll be reading the ‘Akedh, or the 22nd chapter of Genesis that recounts the near killing of Isaac by Abraham and the institution of the covenant.  To prepare for our discussion, you’ll want to read Gen. 22, and … Continue reading

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The Lot Complex

For Wednesday’s class, we’ll focus on the Lot sequence in Genesis 19-20.  Re-read this brief section and also read The Lot Complex chapter by Robert Polhemus, which comes from his 2005 book, Lot’s Daughters:  Sex, Redemption, and Women’s Quest for … Continue reading

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Who Wrote the Bible?

For many years, the traditional view about the authorship of the Torah is that God imparted words to Moses, who wrote them down directly. See, for instance, Deuteronomy 31: When Moses had put down in writing the words of this … Continue reading

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What Does it Mean to Read the Old Testament as Literature?

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 … Continue reading

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