REL 372 - Biblical Sex & Violence

In the dark underside of the Bible hide numerous instances of gender-based violence. Once recognized, how do we interpret such texts? Should we simply forget their existence? In this course, we confront these texts through a critical inquiry of the intersection of gender, sexuality, and violence in the bible. We will develop a vocabulary with which to study these stories and consider their meaning in both their original context and today. Moving beyond the bible, we will consider how these stories can inform how we understand instances of gendered violence today, which will, in turn, influence our reading of the biblical text. Through this constant interplay, we can cultivate a deeper understanding of gendered violence, past and present.
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