Aug 13, 2022  
2019-2020 Theological School Catalog (Admitted Fall 2019/Spring 2020) 
    
2019-2020 Theological School Catalog (Admitted Fall 2019/Spring 2020) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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BBST 735 - Judging Judges

3 credits
The book of Judges is a curiosity in the biblical canon. Although claiming to be about judges, the book showcases military leaders and guerilla warriors who lead their communities in acts of political resistance and aggression. The book’s discourse also judges a community and its history, attempting to re-collect the past as a simple chain of cause and effect in which apostasy is always punished and fidelity rewarded. Yet, the narrative testimonies summoned to support this judgment fail to erase all reasonable doubt of unequivocal guilt. The text’s unstable nature is further exacerbated by the judgments of readers who come to the text with different questions, assumptions, and values. In this course we investigate this textual and readerly heteroglossia through close textual analysis, utilizing various methodological approaches and theoretical insights. Signature of instructor required for registration.



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