REL 4296: Sociology of the Bible
Course Description for Sociology of the Bible
Sociology of the Bible
Description: This course surveys both the Hebrew scriptures and the New Testament from the perspective of modern social science, and situates the Bible in its historical and cultural context. Principal themes include: the evolution of theology and ritual, issues of dating and authorship, and the comparative religion of the ancient Mediterranean. The importance and relevance of the Bible for Western culture is also examined.