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Michael Stoff, Director 305 East 23rd St, CLA 2.102, (G3600) Austin, TX 78712-1250 • 512-471-1442

Fall 2004

T C 301 • Uses and Abuses of the Bible—W

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
42115 TTh
3:30 PM-5:00 PM
UTC 4.114

Course Description

We will study some representative cases of the ways the Bible has been used, and sometimes abused, through the centuries. We begin with Genesis, Exodus, parts of the books of Samuel and Kings, Job, the gospel of Mark, and parts of the gospel of John in order to understand what the original authors meant by their works. Because popular books, like The Da Vinci Code and Adam, Eve and the Serpent, have renewed interest in ancient writings that did not get included in the Bible, we will read a selection of these, such as The Life of Adam and Eve, The Gospel of Thomas, and the Infancy Gospel of Thomas. This will be followed by selections from the Koran, which contains variations on the biblical stories. We will then read two seventeenth century authors, Thomas Hobbes and John Milton, who used biblical themes and problems in their philosophy, literature, and politics.

About the Professor A. P. Martinich, Roy Allison Vaughan Centennial Professor of Philosophy and Professor of History and Government, is the author or editor of thirteen books and many articles, most of which concern language, religion, politics, or the philosophy of Thomas Hobbes. His book, Hobbes: a Biography was awarded the Robert Hamilton Faculty Book Award (2000). He has been a Faculty Fellow for many years.

Grading Policy

This course contains a substantial writing component. 2 essays, 300–600 words (2–5 pages) each: 20% 1 essay, 1200–3000 words (5–7 pages): 25% 1 essay, 1500-4000: 25% Class discussion, including one individual or joint presentation: 20% Final examination: 10%


The Bible (selections) Koran (selections) Selections from apocryphal works Leviathan, Thomas Hobbes Paradise Lost (selections), John Milton Philosophical Writing, A. P. Martinich


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