BS100: INTRODUCTION TO THE BIBLE
Instructor: L. Gaskins
Course Tuition: $225.00
This course is an introduction to the literature found in the Jewish Bible, the Apocrypha and the New Testament. It will also provide a brief examination of some of the “non-canonical” texts written by Jews and Christians during the same time period which did not come to be included in the collection of writings now known as the “Bible.” There will be an emphasis upon primary rather than secondary sources. The goals of the course are:
1) To focus upon the historical and literary background so that the student will be able to understand these books in the cultural setting of the Ancient Near East and the Greco-Roman world.
2) To provide a basic knowledge of the content of the Bible and the views of current biblical scholarship regarding the literature.
3) To help the student gain confidence in approaching ancient texts with the purpose of understanding the thought of the authors and the communities in which they lived.