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Willamette University

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Religious Studies

REL 420 (IT) The Bible in the American Tradition (1)

An investigation of the ways in which the Bible has been interpreted in American history in distinction from dominant European approaches, and of the influence of biblical themes and language in American literature and popular culture. Primary documents from four phases of the history of American biblical interpretation will be examined: early 19th-century New England higher criticism, the Chicago school, the Fundamentalist-Modernist controversy and recent trends.

Mode of Inquiry: Interpreting Texts

  • Offering: Alternate years
  • Instructor: McGaughy