This course offers a condensed introduction to the core texts, narrative trajectories, historical backgrounds and theological concerns of the Bible. Some major questions regarding the hermeneutics of scriptural interpretation in the context of race, gender, class, ecology and in light of an increasingly inter/non-religious environment will be discussed. As the canonical book both of Christianity and Western civilization the Bible has been a key player in countless cultural, political and socio-religious clashes past and present. How can we read it with new eyes as the book of humanity and interdependent survival on a fragile planet?