Comparative Literature | Reading the Prophets
C301 | 25155 | Prof. Marks


TR 4:00-5:15 BH 235

Focusing on the Hebrew Bible, but considering also some ancient
Greek texts and some modern poems in English, we shall take up the
paradoxical relationship between voice and text, the oral and the
written, in prophetic writing.  Issues to be discussed include the
relation of prophet to audience, the revisionary use of traditional
motifs, inspiration and the role of the redactor, and the relation
of prophetic word to apocalyptic vision.  Emphasis throughout will
be on the creative role of reinterpretation in the genesis of the
biblical corpus. All readings are in English.  Recommended
preparation: E103, R210, L367, or other critical study of the Bible.