Spring 2023

Ethics and the Hebrew Scriptures

Listed in: Religion, as RELI-127


Susan Niditch (Section 01)


This course explores legal and narrative traditions of the Hebrew Bible as they pertain to questions about the nature of just and unjust behavior. We will study biblical texts that underscore the moral choices encountered by individuals and societies in a wide array of arenas: economic, ecological, sexual, gendered, political, and military. The goal is to understand variations in the responses of biblical writers to a range of ethical issues within their social and historical contexts. We will also attend to the influence of these ancient materials on subsequent cultural attitudes and human interactions, for the ethical traditions of the Hebrew Bible have been received, understood, and remade with varying results, positive and negative.

Spring semester. Professor Niditch.

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Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: An integral remote feature of our course will be on-line participation by several internationally recognized scholars who have studied modern appropriations of biblical ethics. They will join us in conversation and present some lectures in class.

RELI 127 - LEC

Section 01
Tu 10:00 AM - 11:20 AM FAYE 117
Th 10:00 AM - 11:20 AM FAYE 117


2023-24: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2023