Fall 2019 Beginning the Bible
Religion, as RELI-166
Formerly listed as: RELI-21
Course (Login required) Faculty Susan Niditch (Section 01) Description
Familiarity with the Bible is essential to any liberal arts education. This course is the place to begin. A master-work of great complexity revealing many voices and many periods, the Hebrew Bible or Old Testament is a collection of traditional literature of various genres including prose and poetry, law, narrative, ritual texts, sayings, and other forms. We seek to understand the varying ways Israelites understood and defined themselves in relation to their ancestors, their ancient Near Eastern neighbors, and their God. Course assignments are a series of interpretive essays in which students become accustomed to close work with biblical texts, employing methodological approaches introduced throughout the semester.
Fall semester. Professor Niditch.
Keywords Attention to Speaking
Attention to Writing
Transnational or World Cultures Taught in English Course times and locations RELI 166 - L/D Section 01 M 11:00 AM - 11:50 AM FAYE 115 W 11:00 AM - 11:50 AM FAYE 115 F 11:00 AM - 11:50 AM FAYE 115 Textbooks
Below are the textbooks used in this course, along with pricing information and availability at local bookstores. The price range shown is based upon queries to multiple online booksellers; click on the the price field to see detailed pricing information.
This is preliminary information about books for this course. Please contact your instructor or the Academic Coordinator for the department, before attempting to purchase these books.
ISBN Title Publisher Author(s) Comment Book Store Price
Back to the Sources: Reading the Classic Jewish Texts Barry Holtz Amherst Books TBD
9780060786847 Harpercollins Study Bible - Student Edition: Fully Revised & Updated Harperone Society Of Biblical Literature or any good study Bible Amherst Books From $10.40-$39.96
9780195091281 Ancient Israelite Religion Oxford University Press Niditch, Susan. Amherst Books From $5.48-$43.26
9780195139372 The Oxford History Of The Biblical World Oxford University Press Coogan - Michael A. Amherst Books From $4.98-$23.98
9780199538362 Myths From Mesopotamia: Creation, The Flood, Gilgamesh, And Others Oxford University Press Stephanie Dalley Amherst Books From $8.23-$23.98
9780664221485 Life In Biblical Israel Westminster John Knox Press King, Philip J. Amherst Books From $30.98-$57.05
9780664241841 Stories from Ancient Canaan Presbyterian Publishing Coogan - Michael D. Coogan - Michael D. Amherst Books From $3.98-$23.98
9780801810114 Covenant: The History Of A Biblical Idea (seminar In The History Of Ideas) Johns Hopkins University Press Delbert R. Hillers Amherst Books From $3.98-$40.10
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