Exodus (LIT2320.01)

Marguerite Feitlowitz

In this two-credit class, we focus on the second book of the Bible. Full of earthly incident (oppression, banishment, plagues, exile) and numinous drama (God’s revealing himself to Moses, the Covenant, the giving of the Ten Commandments), Exodus is, of course, a foundational text for Jews; for millenia, it has also been a magnet for poets, novelists, philosophers, composers, theologians, historians, and political thinkers, activists, and revolutionaries. Exodus is the text in which the Hebrew God injects Himself into history; much of our thinking will be about this momentous event, and the accompanying commandment to remember, perhaps best expressed by the Hebrew Zakhor. We will also consider the character of “the man Moses,” who was a conflicted, uneasy leader, who tried to dissuade God from naming him his messenger, and who fought bitterly not only with those he was charged to protect, but with God himself. We read this text as a (collective) work of literature, and so you will need to be attentive to modes of narration, framing, pacing, voice, and patterns of imagery.

Prerequisites: None.
Credits: 2
M 3:40-5:30
Maximum Enrollment: 20
Course Frequency: Every 2-3 years
This course is categorized as All courses, Literature, and tagged .