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Biblical Literature: Old Testament

ENG 245W

Biblical Literature: Old Testament

ENG 245W

Course Description

Studies critically the literature of the Old Testament. Examines the Old Testament canon in its historical development. Also examines both the literary styles and changing theological and ethical ideas. Credit may be earned in only one of: ENG 245W, LIT 245W or IHU 245W. (45-0)

Outcomes and Objectives

Analyze literature in the subject area.

Objectives:

  • Interpret the meanings of literary works using various theoretical approaches.
  • Identify various literary genres (i.e. national history, poetry, narrative).
  • Demonstrate analytical understanding through writing.
  • Explain the elements which distinguish between works of the Old Testament.
  • Identify details of dominant themes and motif gained from close reading of various books in the Old Testament.

Participate in writing to learn activities.

Objectives:

  • Perform writing tasks to promote learning.
  • Write effectively for a specific audience and purpose.
  • Demonstrate the learning of concepts through writing.
  • Write an interpretation of a specific work from the Old Testament which explains dominant themes and motifs.

Demonstrate an understanding of the cultural and historical context for this body of literature.

Objectives:

  • Identify differences of place and time, and how those shape the writings of the Old Testament.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the world of the Old Testament compared to the contemporary world.
  • Identify and consider metaphysical issues based on an understanding of the Old Testament readings (such issues as the nature of God and God’s relationship with humanity).