Aug 16, 2022  
2019-2020 Theological School Catalog (Admitted Fall 2019/Spring 2020) 
    
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BBST 658 - Proverbs in the Bible and African Literature

3 credits
Proverbial wisdom as a part of the larger corpus of wisdom Literature, with its concern with issues of ethical and savoire-faire, practical know-how, plays an important role in the creation, critique, and maintenance of social, religious, and political structures in Africa and in the Bible. The course will explore how theoretical issues about the nature, content, and function of proverbial wisdom in African literature can impact and contribute to the interpretation of biblical proverbs. Accordingly, the course will combine rhetorical criticism and reader-response analyses in exploring these issues. A central focus will be on Proverb Performance: the purposeful transmission of a proverbial saying in a particular context in order to provoke and evaluate responses in both oral and literary contexts. Prerequisite: BBST 501 .



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