This guide is created to instruct students taking ENG300 The Bible as Literature the research and analytical skills needed to find, evaluate and use information effectivelly.
The Bible as Literature has been designed as an introduction to the Bible text’s properties and history. It aims to acquaint students with the specific cultural/ideological context of the Bible and study its text as a piece of literature that must be explored through formal methods of inquiry (on the basis of its English translation - genres, styles, proverbs, figures of speech, etc.)
For almost two millennia (and in some societies till the mid 20th century) the Bible has played a decisive role in shaping Western artistic expression forms, social institutions, cultural peculiarities, etc. This development has created a scholastic need to study this collection of texts interpretatively and analytically. In this course, the Bible’s theological role and interpretation will not be underestimated, but these aspects will not be in the focus of our attention. However, an ideal student will get an understanding of interdisciplinary consequences of a particular scholastic and of an interdisciplinary inquiry.
In other words, the course will introduce students to the study of the text of the “Western” English Bible from a non-confessional, purely scholastic perspective as:
(1) Structure, personages, events and themes,
(2) History, chronology, and authorship,
(3) Symbols (including specific personages and/or books taken as one complex semantic unit, e.g., Job's personality, Moses as the national leader and founder of an historically significant ideological pattern, etc.) and dominant figures of speech,
(4) Meaning and interpretation of a passage within a larger context,
(5) Original languages and the psychological nature of translation/interpretation of an ideological text,
(6) Elements of the historical, ethical, and theological message,
(7) Cultural role of the Biblical text in the millennia-old process of formation of the "Judeo-Christian" matrix of civilization.