Religious Studies | Introduction to the Old Testament
R210 | 11263 | Halverson, T


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.

This course carries COAS Culture Studies Credit.