Be aware of John Bright, History of Israel, on reserve.
Sept. 5: Introduction
Sept. 7: A discussion of S. Niditch, Ancient Israelite Religion, ch. 1, pp. 3-33 and King and Stager, Life, pp. 1-19. Read and bring questions to class.
I. Sept. 10, 12, 17: Origins and Order: How the world came to be as it is Sept. 14: No Class (Rosh Hashanah) Goals:
1. To gain a sense of the richness of creation traditions in Gen 1-11.
2. To place these literary traditions in their broader Near Eastern cultural context through comparisons with the creation stories of Israel's neighbors.
3. To begin to deal with the many-layered quality of biblical literature against the broad outline of Israelite history.