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Reading the Bible as Literature

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Course Description

As Christians we are people of the Word. Our Savior is the Word of God. And God has given his Church a book, a sacred text bound in both paper and divine inspiration. But all too often we treat Scripture like a technical manual, picking and choosing single verses which speak to our own ethical needs. So what if we read the Bible in its respective literary genres? What if we understood the literary nature of Scripture? What if we were able to study Scripture to a greater depth and breadth than ever before? God has been infinitely wise to reveal himself to us by his word, and his word is indeed literary in nature. In this course we will study some of the basic principles of literary theory as well as how those theories are brilliantly seen in Scripture, both in the Old Testament and the New Testament.


Required Texts

How to Read the Bible as Literature by Leland Ryken (ISBN 978-0310390213)

The Bible as Literature by Richard Moulton (from Redemptor Press www.ChristRedeemerBR.com)

Recommended but not required: Literary Study Bible (ESV) (ISBN 978-1581348088)


When does the class meet?

Tuesday 7PM-8:30PM

Classes will be a hybrid of in-class discussions and self-paced reading and lectures. There will be an in-class discussion every other week, and the weeks when we do not meet, a lecture will be uploaded for students to watch on their own time. Can’t make every class? No problem. All class lectures will be recorded and uploaded.


8-Week Class Schedule

9/4 7PM-8:30PM
9/11 online lecture uploaded
9/18 7PM-8:30PM
9/25 online lecture uploaded
10/2 7PM-8:30PM
10/9 online lecture uploaded
10/16 7PM-8:30PM
10/23 online lecture uploaded
10/30 7PM-8:30PM (end of class dinner with all students from the classes)


Your Instructor


Brian G. Daigle
Brian G. Daigle

Brian is the Headmaster and co-founder of Sequitur Classical Academy, President and author of Mud House Art and Literature, and Director and Instructor at Chesterton College. A graduate of University of Louisiana-Lafayette and The University of Dallas, Brian lives in Baton Rouge with his wife Lauren and their three children.


Class Curriculum


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  Lecture 1: Four Core Assumptions
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Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start?
The first class is September 4th. This will be an 8-week course.
How often will the class meet?
Classes will be a hybrid of in-class discussions and self-paced reading and lectures. There will be an in-class discussion every other week, and the weeks when we do not meet, a lecture will be uploaded for students to watch on their own time.
What if I miss a class?
Can’t make every class? No problem. All class lectures will be recorded and uploaded.
If I don't live near Baton Rouge, can I take this class completely online?
Yes.. All class lectures will be recorded and uploaded, including our class meetings every other week.

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