Offered Online, Winter 2019
In this course Ecclesiastes will be studied in the context of the Writings and other wisdom literature, and in connection with the book’s reception history. By the end of the course students should be able to: understand the basic shape of the Writings and, within that collection, books classi ed as wisdom literature; give examples of extra-biblical parallels to wisdom literature; situate Ecclesiastes relative to other Solomonic literature; characterize some ancient and modern commentaries on Ecclesiastes; articulate a few of the major interpretive options in reading Ecclesiastes; defend their own readings of the book in writing, with detailed textual support.
Requirements: Weekly readings, weekly discussions, a creative presentation, a final paper.
Required Texts (Winter 2019)
Please note that textbook selections for my courses usually change with each iteration of the course.