Instructor: Twomey MWF 1:25 PM – 2:20 PM
When is God insecure? Why does Lot’s wife turn to salt? What happens when a king’s (David’s) capacity for love turns tragic? Does prophecy always come true? Does good always triumph? In this course we’ll ask these and many other questions as we explore the literature of the Hebrew Bible. Our readings and discussions will cover major biblical stories, characters, periods, and genres. In class, we’ll privilege literary-critical questions and methods over theology in our analyses of biblical texts and their complicated histories. But we’ll certainly have to consider the various theologies implied by our texts, too. Finally, we will focus on a few modern retellings of biblical books in order to understand the ways important ancient texts continue to generate new insights for different cultural moments.