Women of the Bible in art

Course Dates: 07/11/23 - 28/11/23
Time: 13:30 - 15:30
Location: Online
This module will look at the reception of the stories of biblical women in the visual arts, using a variety of tools from narratology, feminist interpretation, sociology, politics and visual exegesis. We will look a number of biblical texts where women appear as central or marginal and will examine the ways in which their story is depicted. We will look at the ways in which paintings will sometimes fill a gap in the story, or indeed diverge from its biblical model. The range of paintings will range from the medieval period, passing through the Renaissance to contemporary art.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £71.00 Concession £58.00

Course Code: RA305

Tue, day, 07 Nov - 28 Nov '23

Duration: 4 sessions (over 4 weeks)

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What is the course about?

The course is an interdisciplinary investigation of how a selection of biblical women’s stories from the books of Joshua and Judges have been interpreted in the visual arts.

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?

The following biblical women’s stories from the books of Joshua and Judges and their depiction in the visual arts will be examined: 1) Samson’s women 2) Ruth and Naomi 3) Hannah and Peninnah 4) The woman of Endor.

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

- demonstrate an awareness of the hermeneutical and exegetical issues associated with the study of Biblical
texts concerning women, and texts which have affected women’s lives;
- demonstrate a stronger awareness of a wide range of feminist hermeneutics;
- understand the variety in which these texts have been interpreted in the visual arts;
- engage in a close study of both the set texts and the paintings which depict them;.

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

All levels are welcome. As the course is taught in English, please read the outline carefully to decide if you may benefit from support with your English skills to help you take part fully in this class.

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

Through seminars, and group discussion.

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

Handouts will be provided by the tutors.

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

Other Classical Civilisation, language or literature classes. Check our website for details or ask your tutor.

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’.

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