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Saturday, December 23, 2006

David Gunn's unit on the Reception of Samuel

I came across this course description a couple of days ago. It is for a unit on the reception of the books of Samuel delivered in 2002 by David Gunn, author of the Judges commentary in the Blackwell Bible Commentary series. I don't know if it has been taught since, but I hope so.


HEBI 95963:Issues in Hebrew Bible: Reception of the Books of Samuel

Course description

A widely ranging investigation of the reception history of the Books of Samuel with special attention to the figures of David and Bathsheba. Topics include early Jewish literature, medieval theology and art, Bible illustration, reformation politics, renaissance sculpture, baroque painting, children's literature, and contemporary novels and movies. A study of the Bible and Western culture.

Class Schedule

January 15 Course introduction

January 22 Renaissance sculpture

January 29 Reformation theology and politics

February 12 Medieval theology and art

February 19 Early Jewish and Christian literature

February 26 Movies

March 5 Scripture biography

March 19 Voltaire and the deists

March 26 Baroque painting

April 2 Group presentation

April 9 Children's literature

April 16 Drama and novels

April 23 Group presentation [Last class]

May 6 Critical review due at 3:00pm


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