CRN 47600 | Noah Guynn | TR 1:40

Adam & Eve
How does Scripture shape iden es and beliefs? Are
iden es and beliefs stable, or do they change over
me? Does the meaning of Scripture change along
with iden es and beliefs? Does Scripture have a single, truthful meaning? Or is it open to interpreta on?
In what ways have interpreta ons of Scripture been
used to dictate moral conduct, social rela onships, and
poli cal behaviors? How do the ways in which people
have interpreted Scripture define their rela onships
with God and other people? In par cular, how have
their interpreta ons of Scripture determined their understandings of gender and sexuality? This course will
seek answers to these ques ons by examining the story of God’s crea on of the world and of Adam and Eve
in Jewish and Chris an sacred texts and commentaries
from the tenth century BC through the present day.
Specifically, we will inves gate the basic accounts of
Crea on in the Old Testament (Genesis 1–3); (2) the
ways in which different authors from different historical periods have interpreted (or improvised on) those
accounts; and (3) the ways in which spiritual insights
derived from the interpreta on of sacred texts have
given shape to moral, social, and poli cal issues.
CRN 47600 | Noah Guynn | TR 1:40‐3:00P | 100 Hunt GE credit (Old): Arts & Humani es.
GE credit (New): Arts & Humani es, World Cultures, and Wri ng Experience.
Text: Kristen E. Kvam, et al., Eve and Adam: Jewish, ChrisƟan, and Muslim Readings on Genesis and Gender (Indiana University Press, 2009