What is the course about?
The course will look at a number of enduring myths in the Bible. It will explore the variety of myths present in both the Old and the New Testaments by focusing on stories of the beginning and of the end. The course will give an opportunity to critically read primary sources and reflect on the importance of myth-making in an ancient society. Although the course will specifically focus on literary texts of the Bible, it will also provide tools for analysing myths beyond the Bible.
What will we cover?
We will be defining myth and myth-making using contemporary research on myth, and will look at biblical myths within its ancient near eastern background.
- Myths of beginnings: the creation(s) of the world.
- Creating national myths.
- Myth and ritual.
- Myths of the end of the world: apocalyptic literature (origins and developments in Daniel and Revelation).
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Understand the development of ideas regarding myths, generally and in the Bible.
Understand the historic-socio-political background underlying myths.
Appreciate the variety of myths and how they function in the Bible and beyond.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course is open to anyone with an open mind.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course will be taught through seminars, group discussions, PowerPoint presentations.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
No. Bring pen and paper if you wish to take notes.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Any other Classical literature or language class.