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Course Description

The Bible and Empire (3 cr)
Laura Carlson Hasler
JSTU-J 203 Arts & Humanities Topics in Jewish Studies (14465)
TR 9:30-10:45 (GA 1122)
CASE A&H

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This course examines several books in the Hebrew Bible that are set in the midst of empire. The course will proceed by conducting close readings of these narratives with special attention to the dynamics of imperial encounter within them. The approach of the course will be largely literary, but it will also address historical and compositional factors. The major orienting questions of the course will be: What are the many (and, at times, conflicting) ways these stories represent imperial power? What theologies of religious and political power are discernable in these texts? What strategies of compliance, collusion, and resistance are valorized and disparaged? Together, our aim will be to articulate and grapple with the challenges and complexities of reading biblical literature forged in the shadow of empire and to form our own methods of interpreting such literature today.