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FOLK 252 401 Rewriting the Bible

N. Dohrmann
Lecture: Tuesday 1:30-4:30

Cross-listed with AMES 252, JWST 100

When did the bible become the Bible? What was the nature of canon and authority in early Israel and Judaism, and how did biblical communities think about their sacred texts? How and what did the Bible mean to ancient readers? The answers to these questions are varied and surprising. This course looks at early biblical and Jewish texts that both write and re-rewrite the tradition's own central texts. We will think widely and creatively about ancient textuality, orality, interpretation, composition, and authority. Drawing on literary theory, the course will examine the ways that biblical and post-biblical literature from the Second Temple to the rabbinic period manifest complex ideas about power, meaning, and religiosity in early Judaism.

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