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L&S Discovery Courses

LS 120C

The Bible in Western Culture

Arts and Literature, Social & Behavioral Sciences

The ways that people understand the Bible are deeply linked with their ways of understanding and living in the world. We will explore the changes in biblical interpretation over the last two thousand years as a key to the shifting horizons of Western culture, politics, and religion. Topics will range widely, from the birth of the Bible to ancient heresies to modern philosophy, science, and literature. This will be a genealogy of western thought as it wrestles with its canonical text.

Ron Hendel faculty profile
Ron Hendel (Center for Jewish Studies)

Terms Offered

  • Spring 2021
  • Fall 2017
  • Fall 2015
  • Fall 2013
  • Spring 2011
  • Spring 2009