Students identified with the Jewish tradition call the library of documents examined in this course the Tanak or Hebrew Bible. Students identifying with the Muslim tradition revere it as foundational to the Kitab, the sacred library which includes the Qur’an and the hadiths. Christian students refer to it as the Old Testament,the foundation of their primary library, the New Testament. Students completing this course will be able to demonstrate
- a sound grasp of the structure and contents of the Hebrew Bible
- an ability to articulate the ideological world of the Hebrew Bible, and
- an ability to evaluate the impact of the Hebrew Bible on world history, world literature, and contemporary religious experience.