Pers Relig in the Bible

Semester: 
Spring
Year: 
2013
Subject Name: 

Religion

Course Number: 
365
Institution: 
Amherst College

In contemporary discussions about the role of religion in the lives of individuals we often hear questions such as the following: Does God hear me when I call out in trouble? Why do bad things happen to good people? How do I define myself as a believer? What is the role of prayer? Do I have a personal relationship with a divine being, apart from the institutional religion?  What roles do material objects, personal images, and private practices play within my religious life?  This course will suggest that questions such as these are entirely relevant to the study of early Judaism in the late biblical period, a time when the preserved literature and the evidence of material culture place great emphasis on the individual’s spiritual journey.  This course introduces students to ways of thinking about personal religion and applies that theoretical framework to the study of a variety of sources in the Bible and beyond.  Topics include the Book of Job, the confessional literature of the prophets, psalms of personal lament, visionary experiences, vow-making, incantations, ancient graffiti, and memoirs written in the first person. This course has no prerequisites and provides students with the methodological and historical background to appreciate this interesting corpus, its social context, and its composers.

Spring semester.  Professor Niditch.

Linked Course: 
N
Instructor Permission Required: 
N
Schedule #: 
RELI-365-01-1213S

Course Sections

Pers Relig in the Bible
Sect # Credits Instructor(s) Instructor Email Meeting Times Location
01 4.0

Susan Niditch

sniditch@amherst.edu

TTH 10:00AM-11:20AM

CHAP 210