The Bible and Empire

JSTU-J 203 — Fall 2020

Instructor
Laura Carlson Hasler
Days and Times
TR 9:30-10:45A
Course Description

This course examines several books in the Hebrew Bible that are set in the midst of empire. The course will proceed by conducting close readings of these narratives with special attention to the dynamics of imperial encounter within them. The approach of the course will be largely literary, but it will also address historical and compositional factors. The major questions of the course will be: What are the many (and, at times, conflicting) ways these Bible stories represent imperial power? What theologies of religious and political power are discernable in these texts? What strategies of compliance, collusion, and resistance are privileged and disparaged? Together, our aim will be to articulate and grapple with the challenges and complexities of reading biblical literature forged in the shadow of empire and to form our own methods of interpreting such literature today.

GEN ED A&H, CASE A&H

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