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ENGLISH 201-THE BIBLE AND LITERATURE-SYLLABUS (WINTER 2016-17)




ENG 201: The Bible and Literature (Winter 2016-17)
Tues.+Thurs. 3:00-4:50 (460-Room 334) - Patricia Parker (parker@stanford.edu)
REQUIRED TEXTS: (1) Oxford Annotated Bible (also important because it includes the Apocrypha for the course); (2) King James Bible (the most influential translation in relation to the subsequent history of English literature). Always bring both to class.

NON-REQUIRED TEXTS: Instructor will bring to class examples from English, American and Anglophone global literature, whose interpretation depends on learning to recognize allusions to different biblical stories and texts. Through in-class discussion of these materials, students will learn how to draw on the required biblical readings for the purpose of understanding and interpreting literary works. No advance reading of those materials is required.

WRITTEN WORK: The two “open-book” Take-home assignments will give students practice in recognizing biblical allusions, based on the required Bible readings.
BIBLICAL READINGS MUST BE READ IN ADVANCE OF EACH CLASS:
1. January 10: INTRODUCTION
January 12: GENESIS 1-11
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2. January 17: GENESIS 12-22
January 19: GENESIS 23-50
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3. January 24: EXODUS 1-15 (out of BONDAGE IN EGYPT)
January 26: EXODUS 16-40; Numbers 18 (PRIESTHOOD), 20 (WATER),

21 (BRONZE SERPENT), 22-24 (BALAAM + HIS ASS); Deuteronomy

1-9, 22, 27-34 (BLESSINGS + CURSES; PISGAH VISION

/DEATH OF MOSES IN WILDERNESS)


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4. January 31: Joshua 1-7 (RAHAB THE HARLOT/BATTLE OF JERICHO);

Joshua 10 (SUN STANDS STILL); Joshua 23-24 (SALVATION HISTORY/

STONE OF WITNESS); Judges 1-8 (CALEB/DEBORAH/JAEL/GIDEON);

Judges 11 (JEPHTHAH'S DAUGHTER), Judges 13-16 (SAMSON + DELILAH);

Book of Ruth (MOABITE WIFE)


February 2: 1 Samuel 1-6 (BIRTH OF SAMUEL;

ELI; DAGON), 7-12(SAUL), 13-31 (SAUL, DAVID + JONATHAN; ch.17

GOLIATH; ch. 28, THE WITCH OF ENDOR); 2 Samuel

(read all: focus on 11-12: DAVID + BATHSHEBA; 13-

20: TAMAR + ABSALOM; 24: CENSUS)
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5. February 7: 1 Kings 1-3 (incl. SOLOMON'S JUDGMENT); 5-8 (TEMPLE);

9-11 (QUEEN OF SHEBA + FOREIGN WOMEN); 12-14 (KINGDOM

DIVIDED); 16-22 (AHAB, ELIJAH, / “STILL SMALL

VOICE”/NABOTH’S VINEYARD / JEZEBEL,

MICAIAH); 2 Kings 1-5 (ELISHA); 2 Kings 20 (with Isaiah 38-9:

HEZEKIAH / PEACE IN MY TIME)


Midterm Take-home handed out (based on biblical readings up to and including Thursday, February 9): due by 7 pm MONDAY FEBRUARY 13 (by attachment to parker@stanford.edu). NO EXTENSIONS. Counts for 30% of overall grade.
February 9: Esther (all); Psalms 2,16, 22, 23, 69, 104 [CREATION], 114,

118 [REJECTED CORNERSTONE]; 119; 137; Ecclesiastes 1-3, 12; Proverbs 7+8

[HARLOT/WIFE]; Song of Solomon (ALL – also known as the Song of Songs)
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6. February 14: Book of Job (all)
February 16: Isaiah 1-11 (CALL OF PROPHET; HARLOTRY; VINEYARD;

ROOT OF JESSE), 14 (LUCIFER AS MORNING STAR), 21 (FALL OF

BABYLON / WATCHTOWER), 27 (LEVIATHAN), 28 (CORNERSTONE),

35 (DESERT BLOSSOMS), 40 (ALL FLESH IS GRASS; HIGH+LOW), 60-66

(including 62-LAND OF BEULAH); Jeremiah 1 (CALLED FROM WOMB), 7,

13 (ETHIOPIAN; CAN THE LEOPARD CHANGE HIS SPOTS?), 19

(POTTER+CLAY), 25, 27-28 (FALSE PROPHETS), 30-31

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7. February 21: Ezekiel 1-3 (CHARIOT/SCROLL),

12-14 (FALSE PROPHET), 16 [LOVER/HARLOT], 18, 23

(HARLOT), 26-28 (TYRE), 34 (SHEPHERD), 37 (DRY BONES);

38-39 (GOG + MAGOG); 40-44 (NEW TEMPLE); Jonah (all)




February 23: Daniel (all: NEBUCHADNEZZAR, FEET

OF CLAY, FIERY FURNACE, HANDWRITING ON WALL,

LION'S DEN etc.); Hosea 1-3 (HARLOT); Amos 8 (FAMINE OF THE

WORD); Zechariah 1-6, 14 (VISIONS / ESCHATOLOGICAL

BATTLE); Malachi 1-4 (ELIJAH TO RETURN, etc.)
[Final Take-home handed out; due by 11:59 p.m. on MARCH 21]

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8. February 28: APOCRYPHA: Tobit (all); Judith 8-16

(HOLOPHERNES); Daniel and Susanna; Daniel, Bel,

and the Dragon
March 2: Gospel According to Matthew (all); Luke 1-4, 24;

John 1-15


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9. March 7: Acts 1-2 (PENTECOST / SPEAKING IN TONGUES),

6-7 (FIRST MARTYR: STEPHEN), 8 (ETHIOPIAN EUNUCH),

9 (ROAD TO DAMASCUS); 12 (PETER IN PRISON),

13 to 28 (including JERUSALEM + ROME); Romans 1-13


March 9: 1 Corinthians:1-2 [FOLLY], 7, 10, 11-13, 15;

2 Corinthians 11 (DEVIL AS ANGEL OF LIGHT);

Galatians 3-5; Ephesians 1, 2, 5-6; Philippians 3; 1 Timothy 2

[ADAM + EVE]; Hebrews 11; James 2 (FAITH+WORKS);

1 Peter: 2 (STONES), 5 (LION); 2 Peter: 2-3; 1 JOHN (all)
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10. March 14: Book of Revelation (all): FINAL MARRIAGE OF BRIDE

+ BRIDEGROOM, WHORE OF BABYLON, FINAL

VICTORY OVER DRAGON / BEAST, NEW JERUSALEM
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TUESDAY MARCH 21: Final Take-home due by 11:59 pm (by email attachment to parker@stanford.edu). NO EXTENSIONS.

Counts for 40% of overall grade.
CLASS PARTICIPATION (present with readings done each week / contributing to discussion) = 30% of overall grade.

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Students with Documented Disabilities

Students who may need an academic accommodation based on the impact of a disability must initiate the request with the Office of Accessible Education (OAE).  Professional staff will evaluate the request with required documentation, recommend reasonable accommodations, and prepare an Accommodation Letter for faculty dated in the current quarter in which the request is being made. Students should contact the OAE as soon as possible since timely notice is needed to coordinate accommodations.  The OAE is located at 563 Salvatierra Walk (phone: 723-1066, URL: http://studentaffairs.stanford.edu/oae).
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The Honor Code is the University's statement on academic integrity written by students in 1921. It articulates University expectations of students and faculty in establishing and maintaining the highest standards in academic work:
The Honor Code is an undertaking of the students, individually and collectively:
1.      that they will not give or receive aid in examinations; that they will not give or receive unpermitted aid in class work, in the preparation of reports, or in any other work that is to be used by the instructor as the basis of grading.

2.      that they will do their share and take an active part in seeing to it that others as well as themselves uphold the spirit and letter of the Honor Code.

3.      The faculty on its part manifests its confidence in the honor of its students by refraining from proctoring examinations and from taking unusual and unreasonable precautions to prevent the forms of dishonesty mentioned above. The faculty will also avoid, as far as practicable, academic procedures that create temptations to violate the Honor Code.

4.      While the faculty alone has the right and obligation to set academic requirements, the students and faculty will work together to establish optimal conditions for honorable academic work. 



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