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In this class, we will become acquainted with 1) the corpus of laws, narrative, poetry, letters, and gospels that comprise the Hebrew Scriptures and the Christian Bible, and 2) the variety of interpretive strategies that have been used to understand that library. We will discuss the pre-history of the documents as well their subsequent use in the history of biblical interpretation. Students will become familiar with critical methods of reading and conversant with the diversity of perspectives on the text that we find in scholarship, in religion, and in popular culture.This course will not meet during the day on Wednesday of the January intensive, but it will meet that evening from 7:00-9:00pm. Additionally, there will be three 2-hour sessions held online in the Fall, to be scheduled according to student availability.