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PHIL 119 - Introduction to the Old Testament Units: 3

This course will teach students to appreciate, interpret and respond to the Old Testament as a secular, literary, narrative text. We will examine the different genres, literary forms, and historical contexts of a wide variety of biblical texts in the Old Testament. By applying the methods of modern literary criticism such as form, function and genre to the Old Testament, students will learn how to analyze and interpret this ancient text through modern eyes. Furthermore, they will learn how the Old Testament, as a complex narrative of human drama, functions as a continuing source for modern authors (such as Milton or Faulkner) and will find the introduction of the terms, concepts and purposes of literary theory and literary criticism applicable to other literature courses at TMCC or UNR.

Term Offered: AS NEEDED