The most magnificent literature of western civilization includes The Old Testament, originally derived from The Hebrew Bible. This timeless, ethical foundation of western culture, the Bible inspires with lyrical language, dramatic narratives, and unforgettable characters. In this reading and discussion course, we consider the enduring prose and poetry of a true work of literary art, focusing on the Bible’s universal wisdom rather than the theology of any one religion. Topics will include creation, original sin, slavery, Moses, Passover, fiery prophets, righteous suffering, Job, Jonah, wisdom of the ages and stirring poetry.
GROUP LEADER: Harvey Fenigsohn has taught at the college and secondary level, including 20 years at Bancroft School, and was awarded a Fulbright Teacher Exchange Grant. He has published in local and national publications and has taught numerous WISE courses.
REQUIRED BOOK: Literature from the Old Testament, Riverside Literature Series, Houghton Mifflin (any softcover edition will do), ISBN-10: 0395034329; ISBN-13: 978-0395034323 or ISBN: 0-395-03515-5
Worcester Institute for Senior Education (WISE)Assumption University, 500 Salisbury Street, Worcester MA 01609