ENGL 353

The Bible and the Literary Tradition

The Christian Bible, comprising the Hebrew Bible (or Old Testament) and New Testament, continues to shape imaginative literature, which in turn has a long and dynamic history of engaging scripture in response to various social and ideological issues. A study of the interaction between the Bible and literature is therefore not simply an analysis of what the Bible says, but also of how the Bible has been understood or interpreted by various cultures, an examination that may include an introduction to the traditions that shaped the very composition of certain Hebrew and Christian texts. Instructors may focus on a specific period and translation?for example, the literature that shaped and responded to the King James translation of the 17th century?or provide a comprehensive survey of Biblical texts in relation to literature both ancient and modern.

Prerequisites: ENGL 220, one course from ENGL 221-239 strongly recommended.