English 171A - Spring, 2015

The Bible as Literature: The Old Testament

Class Information

Instructor: Aldebol, Kristen
CRN: 52845
Time: MWF 2:10-3:00
Location: 207 Olson


    This course introduces students to the literature of the Bible through exploring and analyzing the narratives, poetry, and writings that make up the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament). No previous acquaintance with the Bible is presupposed. Special attention will be given to questions of genre, methods of interpretation, translation and canonicity, as well as the significance of the Bible to Western literature, thought, and culture. Students will read substantial portions of the Old Testament, as well as secondary materials showing a variety of critical approaches to the material.


    The grading breakdown for this class includes two papers, one shorter (20%) and one longer (30%), homework assignments (15%), a midterm exam (10%), a final exam (20%), and participation (5%).


    The Oxford Study Bible: Revised English Bible with the Apocrypha., Suggs, Sakenfeld, and Mueller, eds. 1992
    Introduction to the Old Testament., Bill T. Arnold. 2014