ENGL 241 The Bible as Literature • 5 Cr.


Explores the oral and written literary traditions of the Old and New Testaments. Students focus on the cultural, historical, and literary aspects of scripture. Lecture/discussion format. Recommended: ENGL& 101 or ENGL 201 or a literature course in the 100 series.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Read Old and New Testament Literature in its cultural context.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of: 
  • The historical, linguistic and philosophic evolution of Old and New Testament Literature
  • Its origin in an ancient, oral tradition
  • The impact of Egyptian, Babylonian, Persian, Greek, roman influences and their consequent migration, wars, and conquests
  • The difference between Pre and Post Exile Literature
  • Representative literary styles
  • The influence of evolving Jewish and Christian traditions on the selection of texts
  • Develop writing-about-literature skills