EAC150 or equivalent
The most successful book in Western civilization is the Holy Bible; yet, this course will not be about validating the Bible as a divine document nor invalidating religious belief systems. The Bible as Literature recognizes the Bible is an anthology whose books have been assembled by anonymous human agents writing from very specific moments in history, translated and mistranslated for hundreds of years and from a variety of different languages, and subsequently canonized over many centuries. While such historical conditions form the backbone of the literary production of the Bible, we will be exploring the Bible as a literary form, focusing chiefly on symbolism, allegory, metaphor, characterization, use of language, etc.
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