February 6 - March 6, 2017
MONDAY EVENING 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
(webcast or classroom)
Nearly all the books of the Bible came into being when the land of Judah was under some form of imperial domination. The political, social and economic realities of imperialism affected all aspects of life in ancient Israel, including religious observance and the production of texts. In this course we will use “empire” as a guiding concept for reading and interpreting the Old Testament. We will review the ancient political powers that held sway over Israel and Judah, and explore how those imperial pressures are reflected in both the style and content of biblical texts. Finally, we will compare and contrast ancient and modern empires, reflecting on how the Bible has been used both to justify and to resist modern imperial projects.
Cameron Howard, Assistant Professor of Old Testament