First and foremost, this is a literature course, not unlike an upper high school or college English class. In most lessons, we will look at one or more literary genres of the Bible. The French word genre means “type” or “kind,” and as already noted, the Bible is filled with different genres.
But if this course is a literature course, it is also a Bible course. You can trust this course to increase your fund of knowledge about what kind of book the Bible is, and the religious viewpoint it espouses. Because every book in the Bible, and even every individual passages, fall into one or more genres, this course is an introduction to the entire Bible. In addition, as illustrations of various aspects of the Bible are placed before you in How to Read the Bible as Literature, you will be in contact with numerous parts of the biblical text.
A final category may be new to you, but here it is: when How to Read the Bible as Literature is used as a textbook in seminary courses, it falls into the category of hermeneutics. Hermeneutics is the science of interpretation. Approaching the Bible as literature is an essential part of interpreting the Bible. Despite that, it is an often neglected approach to the Bible. This course and its textbook are designed to make sure that you are not deprived of a good thing.