This course is designed to serve as an introduction to the Bible for persons who are curious about biblical literature but who do not identify any given canon as authoritative for their spiritual practice. It is suitable for candidates for ordained UU ministry, non-Christian religious progressives, seekers, and skeptics. Participants will learn the origins, development, and content of Israelite/Jewish and Christian texts and will identify both theological and academic methods of interpretation. Utilizing the metaphor of “befriending” the Bible, students will explore how these scriptures have both supported and hindered emancipatory social change, and will consider methods of engaging this complex anthology in their personal lives and spiritual communities.
Relevant for SKSM Thresholds 1, 3, and 6; MFC Competency 3.