The Bible as literature
- Written by Dale Salwak
You don't have to be a devout believer to study the Bible. Its insights into the human condition are enlightening for everyone.
Professor of English, Dale Salwak, was asked by his head of department 36 years ago to begin an undergraduate course on the Bible as literature. Under the title, "The meaning of life", he illustrates what he has learnt of the "stunning array of attitudes towards the Bible and the world that produced it" that students bring with them.
About two-thirds of the class of 40 or more each semester "are drawn to the Scriptures for reasons other than pious belief," from suspicion or hostility to great eagerness to learn what is in the text and apply it.
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[NB This Perspective is also included under the title LITERARY STUDIES: The meaning of life]