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REL 340

Topics in Biblical Studies

A study of selected problems or current developments in relation to the Old and/or New Testaments. Topics may include history and myth in the Ancient Near East, the social world of the prophets, the Dead Sea Scrolls, the historical Jesus and hermeneutics. May be repeated for credit with different topics.

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1 course

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Justin Glessner

340A: Tps: The Social World of the Hebrew Prophets

This course examines the phenomenon of prophecy in the ancient world, with special attention to the literature about and attributed to named 'prophets' in the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament). Participants will develop transferable critical thinking skills in applying a range of interdisciplinary approaches (history, comparative religion, anthropology, social theory, political science, and literary studies) to the study of the development of Israelite prophecy from its earliest appearance in narrative sources (Deborah, Balaam, Samuel) to the alleged cessation of prophecy during the Second Temple period.