Biblical Narratives: A Literary Exploration

Religious Studies and Theology

Course Description

The Bible is composed of a group of stories central to two major faiths, Judaism and Christianity. Though these tales help guide many of the faithful in their religious lives, the stories found within these books also helped shape secular Western thought, literature, art, and pop culture. These stories include those of David and Goliath, the Wisdom of Solomon, Cain and the murder of his brother Abel, and Jesus and the baptism in the river Jordan. This course will examine and explore these and other tales from a non-denominational perspective. Each story from the Bible will be analyzed in its own light and context.

Questions raised throughout the term will include: How do presuppositions affect our reading of the Bible? Can the Bible be read as a whole, or are the discrepancies in the various tales at odds with each other? What is the central message the story is trying to relay to the reader? How does exploring each narrative, in its own context, give well-known biblical stories new perspectives?


Please note, that all courses have a maximum enrollment of 18 students.

Priority is given to students who pay upon registration.

For fully registered courses, a waiting list will be created. Should vacancies develop, those on the waiting list will be contacted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please note that we do not allow participants to audit courses for free.

Course Details

First Session: Wednesday, January 9th 2019

Course Length: 12 weeks, Wednesdays, 6:15 PM - 8:15 PM

Discussion Team: Imogen Brian and Irene Menear

Course Fee: 

$150.00 (tuition fee)

$100.00 (promotion for new students)


Reading and Administration Fee:



$185.00 (tuition fee)

$135.00 (promotion for new students)

NOTE: Reading Fees are included in the total price of the course.

Please note, degree students must schedule an appointment with the Admissions and Accreditation Committee to register for courses for this term. Degree students should not register online.

The course fees are refundable in full before the second session. After the second session, an administrative fee of $50 for the withdrawal will be applied. Refunds will not be issued after the third session.


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