The Bible in Western Literature
General Catalog Course Title:
Arts and Literature
Terms Offered:
Fall 2013
Spring 2011
Spring 2010


The ways that people understand the Bible are deeply linked with their ways of understanding and living in the world.  We will explore the changes in biblical interpretation over the last two thousand years as a key to the shifting horizons of Western culture, politics, and religion.  Topics will range widely, from the birth of the Bible to ancient heresies to modern philosophy, science, and literature.  This will be a genealogy of western thought as it wrestles with its canonical text.


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