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RST-308-20, Gender & Power/Book Genesis (FA13)

INSTRUCTOR: Henrietta Wiley

SCHEDULE/DAY/TIME: T2/Wednesday/06:00PM - 08:45PM,  10/23/2013-12/11/2013

CONTENT:

In this course we will examine the book of Genesis in depth both in its historical context and its interpretive history. In particular we will explore how gender is constructed in the book of Genesis and the impact of that construction on identity, social status, and interpersonal relationships. We will also consider the questions of what it means to be a man or a woman and whether those definitions are fixed or dynamic.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

1. To become careful, competent, and critical (in the best sense!) readers of the Bible.

2. To develop a sensitivity to the dynamics of gender in the Bible and among biblical interpreters.  

3. To clarify and appreciate more fully your own place in the historical stream of biblical interpretation.

METHODS:

Lecture

Discussion

Writing Assignments

Quizzes and Exams

REQUIREMENTS AND ASSIGNMENTS:

20% - Discussion and Participation

20% - Exegesis Paper

20% - Homework

20% - Midterm Exam

20% - Final Exam

REQUIRED TEXT(S) OR MATERIALS: 

-Harper Collins Study Bible, Revised and Updated edition (2006). ISBN: 0060786841

-Kvam, Kristen E. , Linda S. Schearing, Valerie H. Ziegler.  Eve and Adam: Jewish, Christian, and Muslim readings on Genesis and Gender.  Indiana University Press,1999. ISBN: 978-0253212719

RECOMMENDED: 

The Book of Genesis Illustrated by R. Crumb. ISBN: 978-0393061024

ASSIGNMENT TO BE DONE PRIOR TO THE FIRST CLASS:

1. Quickly and briefly jot down you instinctive answers to the following questions:

-What is a woman?

-What is a man?

-What are sex and gender?

-What is a feminist?

-Can men and women both be feminists?  Why or why not?

-How does a feminist read the Bible?

-Can men and women both read the Bible like a feminist? Why or why not?

-Does an interest in the dynamics of gender in the Bible necessarily mean you’re a feminist or reading like a feminist? Why or why not?

Choose two of the following readings posted on Blackboard:

-“The Bible and Women’s Studies,” byTikva Frymer-Kensky.

- “Feminist Criticism and Biblical Studies on the Verge of the twenty-First Century,” by Adele Reinhartz.

-“On the Future of Feminist Biblical Criticism,” by Heather McKay.

-“What Makes a Feminist Reading Feminist? A Qualified Answer,” by Phillis A. Bird.

-“What Makes A Feminist Reading Feminist? Another Perspective,” by Pamela Thimmes.

-Come to class with notes on the basic argument each author, and how (if at all) each addresses the questions in section I. 

-Did reading these articles make you think differently about your own answers?