Sex, gender roles and sexuality in Ancient Israel

Course Dates: 26/01/21 - 23/02/21
Time: 18:00 - 19:30
Location: Online
Tutors:

The role of ancient Israelite women has been at the forefront of discussions about gender and sexuality as the biblical stories have been formative in mapping out subsequent understanding of women’s sexuality. This course will explore gender roles and sexuality in ancient Israel through biblical stories and laws about women in ancient Israel. We will explore a range of texts from myths, to laws, love poetry and texts portraying graphic violence against women while asking questions about the implications of gender constructions for the status of women in ancient Israel.

This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.

Description

What is the course about?

- to introduce students to the issues associated with the study of Old Testament/Hebrew Bible texts concerning women, and texts which have affected women’s lives;
- to raise students’s awareness of a wide range of feminist hermeneutics and to enable students to understand the variety in which feminist scholars have come to read and understand these texts;
- to enable students to engage in a close study of the set texts, with a view to critically evaluate the readings which have been made of these texts.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

Session 1 will focus on introduction to the course: what do we mean by sexuality and gender in the Hebrew Bible? How do we know? We will be looking at sources and methods of interpretation e.g. archaelogy; sociology; anthropology.
Sesion 2: Setting up the scene: Adam and Eve as blueprint.
Session 3: The politics of fertility.
Session 4: Celebrating human sexuality in Song of Songs?
Session 5: Is there pornography in the Bible?

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- understand the roles of women in the ancient world
- recognise the multiple voices within the texts, and to assess their implications for feminist readings
- assess critically the contribution of 21th century scholarship on issues of gender and sexuality on the Bible.
- evaluating your own responses to the texts.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

The course is open to all who are interested in the subject. An open mind is essential.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

The course will be taught through PowerPoint presentations, class discussion, pair and group work. Reading source material every week is encourage in order to foster active participation.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Resources will be provided and shared in Google Classroom.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

You may be interested in Psalms and prayers in Hebrew (RC523), or Magic in the ancient World (RC278).

Reviews
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: RC804

Tue, eve, 26 Jan - 23 Feb '21

Duration: 5 sessions (over 5 weeks)

Full fee: £119.00
Senior fee: £119.00
Concession: £73.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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