Religious Studies | Introduction to the Old Testament: Hebrew Bible
R210 | 3959 | Weitzman


The Hebrew Bible-the Old Testament to Christians; the Tanakh to Jews-
is perhaps the most read text in the history of the world. It is also
the most misread. The purpose of this course is to introduce you to
the Old Testament/Tanakh, and to explore its origins and meaning. Who
wrote the Bible and why? What do we know about the world that
produced the Bible and the events it describes?  Is it "true," and
what is it trying to communicate? We will investigate these and many
other questions as we try to understand a text that has spawned three
major religions and shapes the course of Western Civilization to this
day.