Narratives from the Hebrew Bible
Is the Biblical Garden of Eden synonymous with Paradise? Does Genesis 2-3 represent Eve as a sinful temptress? When does the plural noun Elohim refer to the singular God and to plural gods? How to translate the Hebrew term Adam? What does Exodus 3 recount about the secret name of God YHVH? What can the etymology of Hebrew names contribute to our understanding of specific Biblical narratives? Who are “woman wisdom” and the “strange woman” of the Biblical book of Proverbs? and the “most beautiful woman” of the Song of Songs? Join us to read together select biblical narratives, discuss conceivable meaning/s of fascinating Biblical accounts, explore possible ideological-cultural aspects embedded in the texts, and examine their reception, impact and multiple interpretations over the ages.
Students of Hebrew and students interested in reading narratives together are welcome to read together, uncover various layers of meanings, and examine the intriguing subtlety of foundational biblical stories. The meetings consist of close reading [with select commentaries]. Students interested in focusing on literary and conceptual aspects can take this course as RELG 475C /502 [no language prerequisite]. Students interested in focusing on Biblical Hebrew should take it as HEBR 479/509 [prerequisite: 2 years Biblical Hebrew]. The course will have different sets of evaluations according to students’ focus and level.