The Thomas Jefferson Center for the Study of Core Texts and Ideas

Ernest Kaulbach

ProfessorPh.D., 1970, Cornell University

Distinguished Teaching Professor, Department of English
Ernest Kaulbach



Classics, English, Medieval Studies, Religious Studies, Language and linguistics


CTI 345 • The Bible As Literature

34205 • Fall 2014
Meets MWF 1200pm-100pm PAR 105
(also listed as E 358J, R S 355)

Instructor:  Kaulbach, E

Unique #:  35860

Semester:  Fall 2014

Cross-lists:  CTI 345, R S 355

Flags:  Writing

Computer Instruction:  No

Prerequisites: C L 315, E 603B, 316L (or 316K), 316M (or 316K), 316N (or 316K), or 316P (or 316K), or T C 603B.

Description: Become familiar with the principal texts, interpretations, and images of the Old and New Testaments, so as to be able to recognize the use of the Bible in any form of literature, e.g., sciences, history, medicine, law, music, art, etc. Since the West depends upon the interpretation of “Alexandria,” that's the interpretation we will study, although we will find that the West incorporates Jewish, Muslim, and pagan interpretations (as indicated by the required second text).

A list of readings will be distributed on the first class day. Students will be expected to read them all, even though I spend half of the semester only on Genesis.

Texts: Any RSV (Revised Standard Version) Bible; The Bible As It Was, James L. Kugel.

Requirements & Grading: Papers (50%), attendance (25%), final (25%); have to attain “A” in all three areas or “B” in all three areas to receive the respective “A” or “B.”

CTI 345 • The Bible As Literature

34245 • Fall 2013
Meets MWF 1200pm-100pm PAR 105
(also listed as E 358J, R S 355)

History of the Exegesis of the Septuagint (Greek) Bible to reference the use of the Bible in Art, Law, Medicine, Science, Literature, Music, etc. up to 1500 CE. Progress assessed by short quizzes and final exam, although the principal assessment will be determined by a lengthy research paper (done and edited in stages).



Any RSV version of the Bible.



1.) attendance2.) weekly quizzes3.) final4.) paper.To receive an “A,” one must have an “A” in all four areas (same for “B”). A lesser grade “B” or “C” means that the student receives the lesser grade for the entire course. Miss more than two classes and you receive a “B.”

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