Required Texts/Materials:
  • The Oxford Study Bible, eds. M. Jack Suggs, Katharine Doob Sakenfeld, James R. Mueller (Oxford UP, 1992) - ISBN 0195290003
  • John Riches, The Bible: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford UP, 2000) - ISBN 9780192853431
  • Tod Linafelt, The Hebrew Bible as Literature: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford UP, 2016) - ISBN 9780195300079
  • Kyle Keefer, The New Testament as Literature: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford UP, 2008) - ISBN 9780195300208
  • Possibly an individually-selected, non-traditional Biblical text
  • Handouts and internet sites
  • Laptop (bring to each class as we will write on a regular basis)

How to Find Readings:
  • Readings with page numbers or chapter numbers are in the relevant Required Text.
  • Readings marked as PDF are located on Blackboard under “Course Documents.”
  • Readings with a hyperlink can be found online by clicking on the title.

Date
In Class
To Do
Sept 7
Introduction to the Bible as Literature
Interviews
Sign up for Course Facebook Group
Sign up for Wiki
Introduction and Background
12
Course Overview: Syllabus, Course Schedule, and Course Prep
Assignment Introduction: Badges and Activities
Discussion: Why Do We Study the Humanities?(30-second reflection/videoed on 14th)
Read:
  • OSB, “Historical Contexts of the Biblical Communities,” 33-47
  • OSB, “The Contributions of Archaeology,” 48-56
  • OSB, Maps, 1597+ (skim)
  • Select and read/watch at least three links from Why We Study the Humanities
14
Assignment Introduction: Monthly Focus #1 -
Introduction and Background Video
(Video 30-second reflections)
Read:
  • OSB, “Literature of the Ancient Near East,” 57-67
  • OSB, “The Social World of the Old Testament,” 68-78
  • Hebrew Bible as Lit, "Introduction," 1-8
Activity: TEDEd Lesson - Bible Introduction #1
Prepare: 30-second reflection "how do the humanities help us make sense of the world today"
19

Read:
  • OSB, “The Social World of the New Testament,” 79-89
  • New Testament as Lit, "Introduction," 1-8
  • The Bible, "How the Bible was Written," 9-30
  • The Bible, " The Making of the Bible," 31-53
21
Assignment Workshop: Introduction and Background Video
Read:
  • OSB, “Reading the Bible,” 3-8
  • OSB, “Reading This Bible,” 9-11
  • OSB, “Literary Forms of the Bible,” 12-32
  • Hebrew Bible as Lit, "Reading biblical narrative," 27-49
26

Read:
  • OSB, “Communities and the Canon,” 91-100
  • OSB, “Early Christian Literature,” 112-21
  • The Bible, "The Bible in the World of the Believers," 54-69
Activity: TEDEd Lesson - Bible Introduction #2
28
Guest Presenter: Dr. Brandon Hawk, Rhode Island College
(Activity due by next class: Discussion post responding to presenter
on Guest Presenters page)
Read:
  • OSB, “Biblical Interpretation in the Early Church,” 129-40
  • Hebrew Bible as Lit, "Biblical literature and the Western literary tradition," 9-26
  • The Bible, "The Bible and its Critics," 70-83
Due (midnight Friday, September 30): Monthly Focus #1 - Introduction and Background Video
Influences and Translations
Oct 3
Activity: How to Read and Take Notes
Read:
  • OSB, “Genesis,” 11-61
  • OSB, “Torah and Covenant,” 154-63
Activity: TEDEd Lesson - Genesis
5
Activity: Sketchnoting
Read:
  • Parallel Myths, "The Flood Myths" (PDF)
10
No Classes: Columbus Day

12
No Classes: Dr. T at Conference
Read:
  • OSB, “Exodus,” 62-104
Activity: TEDEd Lesson - Exodus
17
Assignment Introduction and Workshop: Monthly Focus #2 -
Disability in the Bible
Read:
  • Toensing, "Living among the Tombs: Society, Mental Illness, and Self-Destruction in Mark 5:1-20" (PDF)
Look Around:
19

Read:
  • OSB, "Job," 510-50
  • Hebrew Bible as Lit, "Connections between texts," 87-104
24

Read:
26
Assignment Workshop: Disability in the Bible
Re-Read:
Due (midnight): Midterm Badges
31

Read:
  • OSB, “Psalms,” 551-99
  • OSB, “Song of Songs,” 693-99
  • Hebrew Bible as Lit, "Reading biblical poetry," 50-68
Nov 2
Assignment Workshop: Disability in the Bible
Activity: Citation Mining
Read:
  • OSB, “Judith,” 1071-1086
  • OSB, "Introduction to the Apocrypha," 1003-4
  • OSB, "The Place and Significance of the Apocrypha," 1005-8
Activity: TEDEd Lesson - Judith and Apocrypha
(Re)Interpretations and (Re)Writings
7
Assignment Workshop: Disability in the Bible
Assignment Introduction: Monthly Focus #3 - Non-Traditional Biblical Text
Read:
9
Assignment Introduction: Monthly Focus #3 - Non-Traditional Biblical Text
Assignment Introduction: Course Research Scavenger Hunt and
Course Research
Guest Presenter: Renée Fratantonio, FSU Librarian
(Activity due by next class: Discussion post responding to presenter
on Guest Presenters page)
Review:
Due (midnight, Friday, November 11): Monthly Focus #2 - Disability in the Bible Reflection
14

Read:
  • OSB, "Matthew," 1267-1303
  • OSB, "The Phenomenon of Prophecy," 164-71
  • New Testament as Lit, "The gospels," 18-51
Activity: TEDEd Lesson - The Gospels
16
Assignment Workshop: Non-Traditional Biblical Text

21
Guest: Dr. Diego Ubiera, FSU English Studies
Read:
  • "The York Crucifixion" play (PDF)
  • Ernest Hemingway, "Today Is Friday" (PDF)
  • Jorge Luis Borges, "The Gospel According to Mark" (PDF)
Watch:
Due (midnight): Course Research Scavenger Hunt
23
No Classes: Thanksgiving Recess

28

Read:
  • OSB, "Letters of Paul," 1431-74
  • New Testament as Lit, "Paul and his letters," 52-76
Activity: TEDEd Lesson - Letters of Paul
30
Guest Presenter: Kai Fay, Harvard University Librarian
(Activity due by next class: Discussion post responding to presenter
on Guest Presenters page)
Read:
Dec 5

Read:
  • OSB, “The Apocalyptic Vision,” 181-89
  • OSB, “The Revelation,” 1556-1575
  • New Testament as Lit, "Revelation," 77-95
Due (midnight): Monthly Focus #3 - Non-Traditional Biblical Text Evaluation
Reflection/Wrap-Up
7

Read:
  • The Bible, "Conclusion," 134-42
  • New Testament as Lit, "The New Testament, bound," 96-114
Due (midnight): Finals Badges
9
Assignment: Final, 8-10AM
Due (at 10AM): Course Research