CLAS 314 Hebrew Bible: Text, Interpretation, and Historical Perspectives

In this course we will read and study passages from the Hebrew Bible (in translation) and a selection of Jewish commentaries. The aim of this course is to familiarize the student with the writings of the Hebrew Bible and how they have been read, interpreted, and explained by Jews throughout the centuries. The student also learns to read the texts critically and begin to form his/her own understandings of the text. We also examine the issues of reading the Bible as an historical text and its place in ancient Near Eastern culture.