Great literature embodies and interprets universal human experience, and this course will examine the Bible specifically from that perspective. Additionally, literature is an art form in which how the authors express their content is an important part of their intention and effect. One dimension of literary form is the genres in which a work is presented. The primary organizing framework of How to Read the Bible as Literature is the genres found in the Bible, including poetry, narrative, epistle, proverbs, parable, satire, and visionary writing.
The Bible is so foundational to the study of literature that this course is an introduction to literature as well as to the Bible as literature. Even if you signed up for the course because you want to learn more about the Bible, you will automatically also be introduced or reintroduced to the nature of literature and the methods of studying it.