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1 Proposal: number 181

181. ENGL 153/153W: Introduction to the Bible

Contact:E. Gordon Whatley
Abstract:One of historyХs richest and most influential documentary sources of
religious belief and practice, and of ethical and cultural values, is the
Judeo-Christian Bible. It constitutes a challenging but stimulating and diverse
body of material for exploring how religious beliefs, ethical values and moral
choices are expressed both overtly in the form of laws, precepts, prophecies
and parables, or are encoded or implied in copiously varied narrative form and
richly meaningful Тstory.У To study biblical narrative critically and
historically engages students, at the most fundamental level, with the study of
Тculture and values.У English 153 introduces the student to the Bible
(both the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament) and to some of the literary and
cultural methods and approaches used to study it today. The texts, composed
over many hundreds of years, were written and redacted to reflect the shifting
cultural situations and values of their storytellers and editors, situations we
can reconstruct with the aid of the texts themselves. We shall be reading
narratives, prophecies, poetry, wisdom literature and religious doctrine. As
we read these texts we shall be thinking about how the Biblical texts might
have come into being and been transmitted; the kinds of cultural and
sociopolitical roles they might have played in their original contexts; how
they attempt to move or affect their audiences, how various readers have
responded and reacted to them; how they work as stories and poems; and how they
have been taken up into the literary and cultural traditions of the West, and
reinterpreted, used as the bases of literary texts by such writers as Milton,
Melville, Morrison.

Submissions and Approvals

Course Date Requirement Action By Whom Notes
ENGL 153 2010-11-07 CV Submitted Dept
ENGL 153 2010-11-07 WC Submitted Dept
ENGL 153 2010-11-07 PI Submitted Dept
ENGL 153 2010-12-08 CV Approved GEAC PI: provisional for WC
ENGL 153 2010-12-08 WC Approved GEAC PI: provisional for WC
ENGL 153 2010-12-08 PI Approved GEAC PI: provisional for WC
ENGL 153 2011-02-10 CV Approved UCC Missing PI
ENGL 153 2011-02-10 WC Approved UCC Missing PI
ENGL 153 2011-03-10 CV Approved Senate
ENGL 153 2011-03-10 WC Approved Senate
ENGL 153 2011-03-10 PI Approved Senate
ENGL 153 2011-03-10 PI Approved UCC
ENGL 153 2011-04-10 PI Approved Senate
ENGL 153W 2010-11-07 CV Submitted Dept
ENGL 153W 2010-11-07 WC Submitted Dept
ENGL 153W 2010-11-07 PI Submitted Dept
ENGL 153W 2010-12-08 CV Approved GEAC PI: provisional for WC
ENGL 153W 2010-12-08 WC Approved GEAC PI: provisional for WC
ENGL 153W 2010-12-08 PI Approved GEAC PI: provisional for WC
ENGL 153W 2011-02-10 CV Approved UCC Missing PI
ENGL 153W 2011-02-10 WC Approved UCC Missing PI
ENGL 153W 2011-03-10 CV Approved Senate
ENGL 153W 2011-03-10 WC Approved Senate
ENGL 153W 2011-03-10 PI Approved Senate
ENGL 153W 2011-03-10 PI Approved UCC
ENGL 153W 2011-04-10 PI Approved Senate