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REL 2204 Great Books: The Bible & Western Culture

An exploration of how and why the Bible is viewed as a great book. Both the Old and New Testaments will be explored in their respective historical contexts.

Division: Liberal Arts, Communication and Social Sciences
Department: Religious Studies
Repeatable Credit: No
Offered Online: Yes

Prereqs: NONE  


  • Engage in rational discourse about complex and emotionally laden topics related to Biblical studies. Reflect critically in written exams and papers on how religions emerge in specific socio-historical contexts and shape cultural values.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of basic concepts and methods of biblical scholarship. Demonstrate knowledge of pervasive themes and ideas in biblical literature. Ability to see patterns and parallels across traditions and historical contexts.
  • Understand the origins and development of Hebrew scripture, the New Testament, and other biblical literature in their cultural contexts. Critically read & interpret religious texts, both verbal and non-verbal.

Credit Hours: 3

Classroom Hours: 3