NES 1935

NES 1935

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2018-2019.

The Joseph "novella" is unique in the biblical text and the character of Joseph himself extends far beyond biblical boundaries, inspiring retellings and new accounts of Joseph's adventures.  To what can we attribute this character's endurance and persistence?  In this class, we will examine the numerous interpretations and reinterpretations of the biblical Joseph story (in translation), ranging from inside the Bible to outside, including pseudepigrapha, Talmud, Sura Yusef in the Qur'an, and modern literary allusions.  What inspired scribes or inspires authors to reuse familiar characters?  Student essays will examine the processes of scribal practice, the function and utility of texts in the ancient world, and the amplification or de-emphasis of aspects of Joseph to fit a society's needs.

When Offered Fall.

Course Attribute (CU-ITL)
Satisfies Requirement First-Year Writing Seminar.

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Enrollment Information
Syllabi: none
  •   FWS Session. 

  • 3 Credits Graded

  • 18061NES 1935  SEM 101

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