Folklore & the Bible

Semester: 
Spring
Year: 
2013
Subject Name: 

Religion

Course Number: 
362
Institution: 
Amherst College

This course is an introduction to the cross-discipline of folklore and an application of that field to the study of Israelite literature. We will explore the ways in which professional students of traditional literatures describe and classify folk material, approach questions of composition and transmission, and deal with complex issues of context, meaning, and message. We will then apply the cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural methodologies of folklore to readings in the Hebrew Scriptures. Selections will include narratives, proverbs, riddles, and ritual and legal texts. Topics of special interest include the relationships between oral and written literatures, the defining of “myth,” feminism and folklore, and the ways in which the biblical writers, nineteenth-century collectors such as the Brothers Grimm, and modern popularizers such as Walt Disney recast pieces of lore, in the process helping to shape or misshape us and our culture.

Spring semester. Professor Niditch.

Linked Course: 
N
Instructor Permission Required: 
N
Schedule #: 
RELI-362-01-1213S

Course Sections

Folklore & the Bible
Sect # Credits Instructor(s) Instructor Email Meeting Times Location
01 4.0

Susan Niditch

sniditch@amherst.edu

TTH 01:00PM-02:20PM

CHAP 201