BIS 501 History of the Bible

Faculty: Tim Allen, PhD (Profile)


This course offers a study of the history of the Bible revealing changes that came at significant times in history. Changes in regimes, shifts in the economy as in moving from agrarian to capitalism, moves from rural to urban life, theological battles—all of these and more have led to yet another round of biblical interpretation. Along with this, questions to be explored are: How was the Bible used? Story-telling? Singing? Performed rituals? Mythical reenactments? Memorization, reading or aural reception? Rational facts, as in logos, or stories as in mythos? Is the Bible to be interpreted by left-brain, mythical, artful means or through the rational, reasoned right-brain?

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