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First Class, RN101, 1/16/08 Objective of the course is to survey what is arguably the most important, influential, foundation text in the Western World. The Bible, a book that is made up of many books that were written over many centuries, and which incorporate many different visions and views, sometimes diametrically opposed to one another. Even to speak of the Bible as one book is problematic. There are a number of different Bibles. That of the Jews, that of the Christians. But Christians have different versions of the text depending on whether you are reading a Roman Catholic, an Eastern Orthodox, or a Protestant Bible. (More of this on Friday.) But even if you settle on one version of the Bible, that doesn’t settle how you interpret it. Interpretation happens within communities, and communities develop their own ways of reading. Jews read the TANAKH differently from the ways Christians read what they call the “Old Testament.” Fundamentalists reads differently from liberals. We’ll find variety in interpretation in our class. For some of you the Bible is the literal,
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