Myths of the Bible

Course Dates: 22/04/20 - 20/05/20
Time: 16:05 - 17:50
Location: KS - Keeley Street

Come and explore some of the myths from the Old and the New Testament.


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.

Tutor Biographies
Ann Jeffers

Dr Ann Jeffers taught Biblical Studies (Hebrew Bible and Second Temple Judaism) at Trinity College Dublin and Heythrop College, University of London for 30 years. She is now Research Fellow at Roehampton University. Her research interests, and publications are in the field of magic and divination in the Bible and the ancient world, feminism and reception history of the Bible mostly in literature and the visual arts. She also belongs to an interdisciplinary research group, ‘Media and Religion’.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.

Book your place

Course Code: RC477

Wed, day, 22 Apr - 20 May '20

Duration: 5 sessions (over 5 weeks)

Full fee: £129.00
Senior fee: £103.00
Concession: £79.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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