Religion 21 Professor Niditch Ancient Israel Chapin 114



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Syllabus
Religion 21 Professor Niditch

Ancient Israel Chapin 114

Fall, 2007 Office Hours: Friday 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

and by appointment


Books to Buy at the Jeffrey Amherst Bookstore
A Bible Harper Collins Annotated

M. Coogan Stories From Ancient Canaan

M. Coogan, ed. The Oxford History of the Biblical World

S. Dalley Myths from Mesopotamia

D. Hillers Covenant

P.J. King and Life in Biblical Israel

L. Stager

S. Niditch Ancient Israelite Religion

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.





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