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CLA 116 — The Bible Uncensored

Quarter: Spring
Day(s): Thursdays
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 9 weeks
Date(s): Apr 6—Jun 1
Time: 7:00—9:05 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Apr 8
Units: 2
Tuition: $530
Instructor(s): Patrick Hunt
Class Recording Available: Yes
Status: Open
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Live Online(About Formats)
7:00—9:05 pm (PT)
Apr 6—Jun 1
9 weeks
Refund Date
Apr 8
2 Units
Patrick Hunt
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
For a “holy” book millions revere as sacred scripture, the Bible has some of the most scandalous stories in world literature about temptation, intrigue and trickery, jealousy, betrayal, bloodshed, lust, lies, and the baser human instincts. Why are these tales so memorable after millennia? One answer is that great literature often tells the truth about humans. A consistent theme suggests that the greatest sinners make the greatest saints. We vicariously identify with others who have stumbled, suffered, and yet endured, and we also want to see some kind of historical or literary justice so we can better resolve our own cognitive dissonances.

In this course, we will recognize ourselves and our temptations and triumphs as we examine these timeless stories with a historical perspective and a look at challenging new ideas. As we read these controversial biblical narratives, we will place the stories in historical context with the help of current cultural, historical, and archaeological research. And we will come to understand their religious and social functions within the Bible. Here we will read about Adam and Eve expelled from the Garden of Eden; Cain and Abel; Dinah and Judah; Saul and the Witch of Endor; David and Bathsheba; Amnon and his sister, Tamar; Absalom and Mary Magdalene; and many others.

Former Director, Stanford Alpine Archaeology Project; Research Associate, Archeoethnobotany, Institute of EthnoMedicine

Patrick Hunt is the author of 25 books and is a lecturer for the Archaeological Institute of America. He received a PhD from the Institute of Archaeology, University College London. Hunt is an elected Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and the Explorers Club, and he is an explorer and expeditions expert for National Geographic. His Alps research has been sponsored by the National Geographic Expeditions Council.

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) Coogan(ed.), Brettler (ed.), Newsom (ed.), and Perkins (ed.), The New Oxford Annotated Bible with Apocrypha: New Revised Standard Edition (ISBN 978-0190276089)
(Recommended) Patrick Hunt, Archaeology and the Bible (ISBN 978-1734585902)
(Recommended) Patrick Hunt, Puer Natus Art: Art of Christmas (ISBN 978-1609275204)