The Book of Job and Contemporary Religious Life

REL508
Spring 2017
T 8:30am - 10:20am
Area: 
Area I
Professor: 
Permission Not Required
No Limit to Enrollment
Course Description: 

This course is devoted to a close reading of the Bible’s most sustained exploration of questions of suffering, cosmic justice, and the chaotic features of creation in order to wrest theological and ethical insights for contemporary communities of faith. Moving between a detailed examination of the translated text and of interpretations of Job in Judaism and Christianity, art, literature, and popular culture, the following topics, among others, are considered: the human body as a controlling metaphor in biblical meaning-making, gender, theodicy, and the functions and styles of meaning-making in the biblical genres of wisdom, prose narrative, and apocalyptic.

Background Expected: 

None.

Course Requirements: 

Attendance, weekly readings of primary and secondary sources (50 pages or so weekly), two papers (10-12 double-spaced pages) involving scholarly research and personal reflection.

Basis of Evaluation: 

Grade based on quality of classroom engagement and written work.