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Survey of the Hebrew Bible

The Hebrew Bible is an intriguing mix of unity and diversity, due mostly to the fact that it is a composite literary collection that draws together numerous independent tales and narrative fragments. Beyond this, in the pages of the Hebrew Bible, one also finds three important relationships. First, because the Old Testament is both ancient Near-Eastern literature and a scripture for present day Jews and Christians, there is the relationship between the past and the present. Second, because the Hebrew Bible is the object of scholarly study and an integral part of religious belief, there is also the relationship between the academy and communities of faith. Third, because the Hebrew Bible, although part of the Christian Bible, was written by non-Christians many years before the birth of Jesus and today functions as the sacred scriptures of two distinct religious traditions, there is the relationship between Judaism and Christianity. Prerequisite: THRS 117.

Advanced Core Curriculum Designation: CI
Grade Basis: Letter Grade
Credits: 4.0