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Course Outline COURSE DESCRIPTION: - ENGL425 Topics in: Biblical Literature - MW, 3 credits, 1st Semester 2013-14. 7.20 -8.35 pm Rm: 101 - ENGL425 is an upper division course which critically analyzes the literature of the Hebrew people through their language, culture and history over a period of approximately 4,000 years through its unique written expression from a wide variety of authors. The influence of the English language as seen through the KJV will also be explored rigorously. - Pre-requisites – ENGL115, ENGL215, ENGL267, and ENGL355 - This class will be conducted through face-face interaction INSTRUCTOR INFORMATION - Harold Ramoutar, MA - Lecturer - Email address: email@example.com - Office Hours 3 pm- 4. pm (MW) & 4.30 pm- 6 pm (T,R). - Email contact is the preferred means of communication. PURPOSE OF THE COURSE/COURSE RATIONALE
Biblical Literature (ENGL 425) emphasizes the artistic qualities of selected portions of the English Bible, in particular the King James Version. Central to the course is the understanding that Biblical writers, although inspired by God, created within accepted and traditional human artistic structures, similar structures to those used in works of literature not normally considered sacred (at least by Christians). Given the universality of these artistic structured and the traits of human authorship, literature teachers have long recognized that the study of the Bible can be enriched by approaching certain portions of the Scriptures in the way that other works of literary art are approached, with an eye to unity of design and purpose, emphasis on characterization and plot action, concern for structural patterns and repetition of imagery, identification of tone, appreciation of symbols and figures, and attention of point of view. Of course, such an approach to the Bible can never replace theological or devotional approaches to this greatest of all literary masterpieces.
characterization. LEARNING OUTCOMES (Modules/Unit Learning Outcomes) 1. Genres that appear less often include satire. is on the artistic dimensions of the Bible and how an appreciation of these dimensions can lead to an enriched understanding of how man. As a result. 2. Materials from Ryken will be included on the tests. and tragedy. then. students should be able to: • • • Understand the major differences between a literary approach to the Bible and more traditional devotional theological approaches. epic. satire.g. unified prose in which thoughts about Biblical literature are effectively communicated and cogently expressed. Literature of the English Bible. It is inevitable that certain religious and theological concerns will be treated in the class because of the nature of the written discourse and the backgrounds of the students and the teacher. The central genres are narrative. motif and archetypes as they relate to individual works as well as to the unity of the complete Bible. 3. Since one of the commonest ways of defining literature is by its literary types or genres. well-organized. The central focus of the course. The assignments from Leland Ryken’s Words of Delight and Words of Life are helpful as introductions to the artistic elements of the Biblical works. Understand how an appreciation of the artistic elements of Scripture can enrich one’s appreciation of the devotional and theological elements of the Bible and thus. Even through students may be familiar with most of the assigned reading from the Bible. drama. symbolism. Appreciate the artistic and creative aspects of Scriptural authorship and how the aesthetic elements of the Bible contribute to a better understanding of humans and God as creator. inspired by God embeds truth in aesthetic forms GOALS/AIMS This course seeks to encourage enthusiasm for literary study and foster an atmosphere for critical thinking. is not a course in religion or theology. parallelism. Comprehend the basic artistic elements employed in Biblical genres including handling of structures. 4. proverbs. narrative. tone etc. this course will approach the studying of the Bible by means of examining these genres. Distinguish the major genres of Biblical literature. epic.- The Bible is an anthology of separate books. at the end of this course. poetry (especially lyric) proverb and visionary writing. Compose clear. COURSE CONTENT Class lectures and discussions will center on the assigned reading for each day as noted in the schedule. one’s own experience with God. This course will allow students to: Characterize typical themes. lyrical poetry. epithalamion (wedding poem) drama and encomium. however. they will be expected to read all assignments anew with an eye for literary and artistic implications in works formerly read mostly for devotional or spiritual significance. repetition. and the combination of material is what makes it unique as literature. Class lectures will . tragedy. e.
Grand Rapids. Explication: Select either a narrative. (This will be done during final exam) 5 per cent. Regardless. ASSIGNMENTS 1. groups (size to be decided in class) must choose a Biblical narrative and show how the presence of these conventions gives that work epic qualities. Cooperative learning styles will be encouraged as students form themselves into groups for discussion. The Bible. Groups will be established to peruse a literary form of their choice and to re-enact the scene with the same Biblical scope or to adapt a modern perspective and then re-enact it. of course. A note on the Bible in English. Ryken. Each student is required to compose an original psalm of praise or lament of no less than 6 verses. Leland. The teacher and students will lead out in this exercise. This is aimed at fostering positive interdependence and interpersonal relationship skills. Any translation. RESOURCES Ryken. Words of Life. presentations. Students would be wise to take notes during the class presentations for purposes of later review. Given the conventions of an epic work. (King James Version) A KJV Bible is Mandatory for all students. 10 per cent DATE DUE: (WEEK 13—15 -Presentations) 2. 1987. Hence. not explicated by Ryken and analyze it using the following dynamics (1) the intellectual core (2) structure and unity (3) usage of literary devices 5 per cent DATE DUE: Week 11 3. The appropriate conventions must be clearly expressed. The Epic. Leland. psalm. TEACHING STRATEGIES Class presentations will take the form of a lecture and seminar combination. Grand Rapids. loses some of the artistic authority of the original languages. parable or event. however. Michigan: Baker Book House. Words of Delight. projects and review exercises. Michigan: Baker Book House. translations of the Bible into English have had a long and distinguished artistic reputation in their own right and have exercised significant influences on major literary artists since the Renaissance.be drawn from a number of other standard sources on Biblical literature. a course in the literary artistry of the English Bible is more than justified . Groups will enact their chosen epic narrative. 1987. DATE DUE: See Final Exam Schedule .
10 % COURSE ASSESSMENT To measure students’ understanding. #1 (The epic story) Learning Outcome Appreciation of the literary aspects of the Bible Week 2 Week 3 Literary Devices.. There will be 5 quizzes of 5 per cent each. There will be a mid semester exam . Discussion on Group Project Understand the elements of a story Demonstrate understanding of the elements of the Hero Assignment Read pp..64) B C(75 – 79) (55 – 59) COURSE CALENDAR Date Week 1 Topic Course Introduction. Delivery 20 pts. Synoptic Gospels and the Epistle of James. Presentation time: 25 minutes. Psalms. GRADING SYSTEM A BD (90-100) (70 – 74) (50 – 54) AC+ F (85 –89) (65 – 69) (0 – 49) B+ C (80.4. Symbolism . Ruth. Organization 20 pts. Students MUST have a fair knowledge of the Bible and MUST read Genesis. development and learning in this course. students will be assessed by the following measures: Epic/Group Presentation 10 % Explication 5% Quizzes--4 @ 5% each 25 % Mid-semester 10 % Classroom activities 5 % Final Exam 45 % (includes 5 % for original psalm) Total 100% The final exam is two hours and will cover the entire course. 91106 WOD pp 145155 Ref. 3551 (WOD) WOD pp. In addition to Ryken. Hero stories. 10 pts. Artistry in Biblical Narratives The Epic story. Esther. Visual Aids 5. Class activity Bible as Literature. 6. (25%) Quizzes are unannounced and cover ALL work previously done. =100 pts =10% Scoring format for 1 Content 30 pts.. Time 20 pts.84) (60..
Students are responsible for finding out and completing all class requirements and assignments given during their absence (see Bulletin). Ref #2 Song of Solomon WOD pp 271289. Climactic Parallelism. (work done in previous classes) Understand Biblical parallelism. Please note that Attendance Regulation will be in effect from the first day of class. The Book of Acts. Any inconsistency in attendance may result in the lowering of a student’s final course grade. Mid Semester break Parallelism in the Bible Synonymous Parallelism Antithetical Parallelism Synthetic. If a student is absent for a total of nine contact hours of class sessions the grade F may be recorded. story Recall elements of poetry. Writing the original psalm. Presentations continue Discussion and review for Final exams. Satire and drama in the Bible The Gospel as a Literary Form. Female symbolism. The Parables. 293-327 WOD pp 329352 WOL pp. 207-269. Presentations begin. Ref #3 Week 8 Week 9 Week 10 Week 11/12 Week 13 Week 14 Week 15 Week 16 Selecting a psalm for explication as per assignment #2 Encomium. 2976 WOL pp 77116 Demonstrate what was learnt during semester ditto ADDITIONAL INFORMATION University Policies: • Class attendance is obligatory.Week 4 Week 5 Week 6/7 Biblical Poetry. Language and Artistry of Biblical Poetry. the Epistles. Proverb (Parallelism) Discuss both satire and drama as found in the Bible Each student must select a parable for literary analysis Explication of psalm. . Reading outside WOD on topics relevant to Biblical Parallelism is mandatory WOD pp 159205 WOD pp. Mid semester exam (quiz) Explicating Biblical Psalms Other Biblical Literary Forms.
for all late assignments. Huntington. . (April 1977) 25-30 Moulton. group work and individual project/s. A healthy class atmosphere of respect and tolerance for the expression of diverse viewpoints must be maintained at all times.• • • • • • Leaving the class before the session is over WILL be counted as an absence. Charles Elbert. Plagiarism WILL NOT be tolerated (see USC Student Handbook. Prose of the King James Version. Quizzes will be impromptu and based on everything taught prior to the quiz. 47) HOW TO SUCCEED IN THIS COURSE HAND IN all homework ON TIME. Literary Study of the Bible. Richard G. James J. Attend ALL class sessions. field visit etc) will automatically receive zero for that particular event. DRESS CODE: Students are required to comply with the University’s “Dress Code” as outlined in the Students Handbook and signed contracts at registration ADDITIONAL READING Bloom. B jnr. Active participation in class discussions and other activities are highly valued and encouraged. A Dictionary of Biblical Allusions in English Literature. There will be a one (1) per cent deduction penalty. quiz. “God Loves Stories: A theological Rationale for the Literary Art” Spectrum. Students who are physically challenged or have a medical condition requiring special attention MUST speak to the lecturer during their first class session. There will be NO make-up quiz/test/exam. Assignments later than 48 hours will NOT be accepted. George: The Charms of the Old Book. Rhodes. per day. Olsen. Follow instructions carefully. Londis. pg. Signing for another student or having someone sign for you will be viewed as academic dishonesty and may result in one letter grade penalty or the receipt of a failing grade for the course. Participate in all class discussions. Modern Critical Views: The Bible Fulghum. Students should do additional reading. Discuss anything you do not understand about what is taught with the lecturer. Harold ed. Ellsworth. Old Testament Narratives. W. exam. Students missing an event in which marks are given (test. M.
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