Seminar in Biblical Studies
In this seminar we will examine the processes by which the Jewish and Christian Bibles were compiled. We will look at ancient texts such as The Wisdom of Jesus ben Sirach, the Letter of Aristeas, and selections from the rabbis and early church fathers. In addition to theological and historical considerations, we will take into account technical advances that allowed for the production of codices (books), which supplemented the use of scrolls. We will also consider issues related to writing and literacy. Recent secondary literature will supplement the reading of ancient texts. 3 hrs. Sem.