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The Formation of the Hebrew Bible

Book of Exodus
A page from the Book of Exodus, from the Biblia Políglota Complutense (1502-1517)
The course seeks to equip students with advanced tools for the study of the Hebrew Bible and to acquaint them with textual resources that they may not have encountered during their undergraduate education.  The emphasis will be on demonstrating methodological and theoretical issues through hands-on experience and concrete examples.  How the Bible came about and how it is represented in our ancient evidence are highly debated fields of study.  We will trace the Bible from the earliest moments of its being written down to the copying and transmission of texts.  Students will be equipped to understand better the textual diversity for the ancient witnesses and to appreciate each witness on its own terms.  The implications for exegesis and biblical interpretation will then be addressed.