Book of Kells

How many ways are there to read a sacred text? This course will take you from the literal and figural to the secular, environmental, and beyond.

Course Code: RLG213H1-F Reading Sacred Texts

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Instructor: Harry Fox

Term: Fall

Description: Surveys interpretative traditions related to sacred texts, focusing on reading strategies that range from the literal to the figurative with attention to rationales that transform literal textual meanings and copyists’ manipulations of texts. May focus on various religious traditions from year to year, targeting a single canonical tradition or comparative analysis. Students will gain insight into literalist, environmentalist, secularist and erotic approaches to texts. Prior exposure to the study of religion is not required; all readings will be in English.

Distribution Requirement: Humanities
Breadth Requirement: Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2)

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