Jewish Studies | Arts & Humanities Topics in JS--David: The Man and the King
J203 | ALL | Katz, S.

JSTU-J 203 Arts & Humanities Topics in Jewish Studies (3 cr.)
Stephen Katz
Topic: David: The Man and the King
TR 2:30-3:45 p.m. #21231; Ballantine 345

(12 seats have been reserved for Jewish Studies students under
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Was David a man of God or a ruthless tactician? Was his destiny made
or preordained? David is one of the Bibleís foremost figures whose
lasting impact in the Judeo-Christian world includes being father of
the dynasty bearing his name and as the begetter of the Messiah. He
is depicted as a great warrior, an aspirant to the throne, and the
author of some of the most sublime psalms. He is also a great
tactician, a lover and troubled husband and father of those whose
intrigues have become legend in biblical narrative. These traits
have inspired many commentaries, interpretations, and retellings,
works of art and expressions of romantic and socio-political

This course aims to sample but a few works of literature--poetry and
prose--against the background of biblical and post-biblical
(midrash) narratives focused on interpreting the image of David as a
man and a king and as an example of how power affects people. We
will read selections from world literature that adhere to and depart
from the original narrative, each in its own way, to focus and
refocus our recognition of the diverse ways in which David continues
to be viewed as a man and a king in his day and ours. Other avenues
for enhancing the course will include the use of cinema, opera and
plastic arts inspired by Davidís image--experiments with these media
will be made to determine the proper mix to enrich and vary the

Fulfills: for JS majors and certificate students matriculating
BEFORE SUMMER 2009 - Jewish Studies Language & Literature or
Religion & Thought course;  For JS majors and certificate students
matriculating BEGINNING SUMMER 2009 - Jewish Studies Literature &
the Arts or Religion & Thought course; A&H.

Note: JSTU-J 203, JSTU-J 204, JSTU-J 303 and JSTU-J 304 can each be
repeated with different topics for a maximum of 9 credit hours.