This course explores ways that interpretation of the Bible can be enriched through understanding how it speaks from and to trauma, particularly the experience of communal trauma (e.g., disaster, war, and/or forced migration). The focus will be 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 along these lines inform interpretation of biblical texts?
Prerequisite: OT 101, NT 101, or the equivalent.
Note: Enrollment limited to 17 students.