Dr. Baker: T/Th 9:30-10:45

The Bible as Literature

Though we think of the Bible as one book, its title in Greek—ta biblia—means “the books.” It is not merely a volume of instruction, history, beliefs, morals, and customs, but also a collection of stories, genealogies, characters, plots, songs, and genres. The Bible also is a rich source for later authors and is filled with its own gripping characters and conflicts that have inspired not merely other writers but artists and musical composers as well. This course approaches the Bible from a literary perspective, examining the variety of genres it employs and paying attention to how an understanding of the authors’ storytelling techniques helps to enrich its narratives.