This online course explores how interpretation of the Bible is enriched through understanding how it speaks from and to trauma, particularly communal trauma (disaster, war, forced migration). The focus is several case studies, such as texts formed in Babylonian exile or in the wake of the crucifixion of Jesus. In what ways have the traumatic experiences of imperial attack and forced migration left their mark on these parts of the Bible, and are there ways in which these texts evoke and even help cultivate a collective identity oriented toward trauma in the communities who cherish the Bible as Scripture? How might insights inform interpretation of biblical texts?

Prerequisites: BX 101, OT 101 or NT 101, or permission of the instructor.

Notes: Required completion of orientation by January 24, and participation in monthly Friday lunchtime synchronous meetings. Enrollment limited to twenty-one students.