The course on The Bible and Literary Traditions (English 473) this fall semester will focus at the outset on comparing God-stories and hero-stories of the Hebrew Bible with those of other cultures in the ancient Near East. So the readings will start with the Hymns and Songs in praise of Inanna, the moon-goddess and goddess of fertility for the ancient Sumerians, then the Epic of Gilgamesh and excerpts from the Babylonian Creation epic. Later the course will trace the way the biblical materials were put together by the Hebrew scribes; the relationships among the different texts within the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament; and the many ways that the Bible has influenced English literature to the present day.
We rarely get the opportunity to offer a course on these materials. There are still two or three places open. If you are interested in joining the class, get in touch ASAP with Professor Sandler (email@example.com; Ext. 3431). The class meets at 9.30 on Tuesdays and Thursdays.