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2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog 
2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

RELG 2030 - Introduction to the Old and New Testament

An introduction to the texts included in the Jewish Bible (the Tanakh), the Christian Old Testament, and the New Testament. No assumption is made that students have any prior familiarity with these texts. The course discusses how the Bible is understood and incorporated as authoritative teaching within the Jewish and Christian communities, as well as the historical development of the texts as understood from an academic scholar’s perspective. The course is designed to make students familiar with what is in the Bible, to give them a layperson’s “working knowledge” of the Biblical texts, and to provide them with a sense of how these texts function both as religious documents within two of the world’s great religious traditions and as historical documents used by scholars for the study of the history of religions.