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English (ENGL)

ENGL 104 (GH) (J ST 104) The Bible as Literature (3) Study of the English Bible as a literary and cultural document.

ENGL 104 The Bible as Literature (3)

(BA) This course meets the Bachelor of Arts degree requirements.

The purpose of this course is to acquaint students with the literature of the Bible, particularly in the King James translation, the translation that has been most influential in the English-speaking world. Throughout this course, students will examine the language, thought, images, and structures of the book that has arguably proved the central text of Western literature. Students will also actively explore the ways in which the Bible has shaped the literature of English-speaking cultures. Students will read substantial portions of the Old and New Testaments, including the Book of Genesis, the Book of Job, and selections from the histories, the prophets, the Book of Psalms, the Gospel of John, the Gospel of Matthew, and the Book of Revelation. Students will learn to read the Bible critically and interpret the book as they would any other literary text. They will also learn about the historical construction of the Bible and contemplate the competing versions of existing Biblical texts. Students will be asked to complete at least three writing assignments drawn from the following kinds of writing: essay, essay exam, or semester-long reading journal. This course will prepare students for additional college-level literature courses by helping them to develop the analytical skills necessary to analyze complex written texts.

This course fulfills a General Education Humanities requirement or a Bachelor of Arts requirement. It will be offered twice a year and is capped at 35 students.

General Education: GH
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: Humanities
Effective: Fall 2015

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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