This course is designed to introduce students to the content, historical setting, literary relationships and interpretation of the Torah, Former Prophets, Psalms and Proverbs. Special attention to comparative cultural contexts, literary critical approaches, and feminist critical hermeneutics.
Michael Coogan, ed., Oxford History of the Biblical World: a mainstream history
N. Silberman & I. Finkelstein, The Bible Unearthed: an edgy reassessment of history
William Dever, Did God Have a Wife?: folk religion as opposed to “book religion”
R. Soulen and R. K. Soulen, Handbook of Biblical Criticism, 3rd Ed.: all that jargon