, aka “the most controversial, irreverent, and
daringly subversive pages of the Bible” –William Safire
Draft Syllabus (updated 3/21). Note: Canvas has the most comprehensive and up-to-date account of course goings-on.
The Bible (NRSV)
Newsom, Carol A. The Book of Job: A Contest of Moral Imaginations . New York: Oxford University Press, 2009.
A note about the articles I've listed: most of the titles (if not all of them) are available through Iliff's digital databases ( Primo and ATLA/EBSCO Hos t). If you are not familiar with the process of searching and finding academic articles, this is an excellent opportunity for you to learn. If you have any trouble navigating the on-line world of academic resources, get in touch with the library staff; if there's a particular article you can't get hands on, email me, and if I have it in my files, I'll be happy to share it with you.
Choose ONE from among the following (five):
[ note: after Gathering Days, you'll be working on your book in a small group, so wait until you know which book group you're in to purchase - the sign up sheet will be available the first Monday of class (March 25) ]
--Safire, William. The First Dissident: The Book of Job in Today’s Politics . New York: Random House, 1992. [ISBN 067974858X]
--Gutierrez, Gustavo. On Job: God-Talk and the Suffering of the Innocent . Translated by Matthew J. O’Connell. Maryknoll, N.Y.: Orbis, 1987. [ISBN 0883445522]
--McKibben, Bill. The Comforting Whirlwind: God, Job, and the Scale of Creation . Cowley Publications, 2005. [ISBN-13: 9781561012343]
--Wimberly, Edward P. Claiming God: Reclaiming Dignity—African American Pastoral Care . Nashville: Abingdon, 2003. [ISBN 0687030536]
--Negri, Antonio. The Labor of Job: The Biblical Text as a Parable of Human Labor . Durham: Duke University Press, 2009. [ISBN 0822346346]
Your paper should consist of 1000-1300 words (approximately four pages) on a passage from the book of Job.
The paper is to be a focused essay demonstrating careful study of the passage chosen by the student. I recommend students limit the length of their passage to about 10 verses. Students are to identify the methodological approach or approaches (at least broadly construed) they are employing, then demonstrate the use of that method in their exegesis. In my view, it would be wise to limit yourself to one primary method.
Students are expected to engage the scholarly literature related to their chosen passage by making reference to at least one scholarly monograph (book), at least two commentaries (guide is linked*), and at least two scholarly journal articles. The library staff will happily help you find such items.
*What not to use: single authored, whole-bible-commentaries (as in one guy wrote a commentary of every book, e.g., Matthew Henry)
Papers exceeding 1300 words will be frowned upon (i.e., your grade will be adversely impacted). Word count is to include all notes. Please include your word count at the end of your paper.
Students will work in groups to plan, prepare, and practice the assignment collaboratively. The end result will be a video recording that is no more than 10 minutes in length, posted to canvas. All group members will be responsible for participating in the conversation that follows.
Step 1 (at Gathering Days): Choose roles
--Project Manager: Plans group meetings, works with IT if necessary, communicates with instructor (if you have a slacker in your group, you must tell me about it), edits the script.
--Writers of the script
--Producer of the video (for the technologically confident). This person will be responsible for making the slides and the recording (note that all students in the group should review the video before submission)
Step 2: Discuss the book in small groups (some combination of zoom calls, in person / zoom meetings, email threads, canvas small groups, and google docs)
Step 2: Identify key learnings to highlight in your presentation.
Step 3: Produce the written plan, including a script, for the video presentation
Step 4: Submit that plan to the instructor
Step 5: Post the recorded group presentation (7-10 minutes) to Canvas
Step 6: Participate in an asynchronous Q&A and discussion session
Platforms that have work well for students to record and present their materials: Present.me (https://present.me/content/) and Knovio (http://www.knovio.com/). https://screencast-o-matic.com/
I highly recommend using the rich history of the book’s interpretation in the visual arts to enliven your presentation!
Exegesis Paper. 40%
Group Presentation. 30%
I will be asking you to self evaluate your participation. At the end of quarter, you will submit your reflections on your participation in the weekly discussions and suggest a grade for yourself. I will consider your assessment in light of what I've witnessed, then I (as the instructor who has final say on these sorts of things!) will decide on your final grade for discussion participation.
1. Quantify what I asked you to do in terms of forum participation, then tell me how many posts and responses you made over the course of the quarter.
2. Tell me about the quality of your posts and the depth of your engagement with your peers.
3. Tell me how much of the reading you did (you can estimate, of course; give me a ballpark percentage). Please do mention articles and readings that were helpful or that you particularly enjoyed or did not at all enjoy.
4. Talk to me about what you learned in this course. My assumption is that learning happened if you have more and better questions about the study of religion than you did when you came in. So what questions do you have now that you didn't have before you started the course? What topics and questions might you want to pursue in other courses or further reading?
Then throw all those ingredients into a grading blender and give me a letter grade.
Attendance and on-line course participation policy
Posts to discussions that have ended will not be accepted. The point is to have conversation. If you don't show up for the conversation when it's happening, you miss out. Posting just for my benefit defeats the purpose.
If you miss more than the equivalent of two weeks worth of discussion forums (more than 20% of the course), you will fail the course. It is required the you attend Gathering Days. https://iliff.bloomfire.com/series/3206014/posts/2819851-attendance-and-special-days
Other assignments submitted late are marked down at the rate of a grade per day.
|Mar 26, 2019||Tue||Book Choices: Job's Interpreters||due by 05:59AM|
|Mar 27, 2019||Wed||Introductions||due by 05:59AM|
|Mar 30, 2019||Sat||The Book of Job, Overview||due by 05:59AM|
|Apr 03, 2019||Wed||The Prose Frame||due by 05:59AM|
|Apr 03, 2019||Wed||Focus Texts: Job 1:1-5, 1:6-12, and 2:7-10||due by 05:59PM|
|Apr 04, 2019||Thu||Focus Text Summaries - Job 1-2||due by 02:59PM|
|Apr 05, 2019||Fri||Prof E on Job 1-2, 42||due by 05:59AM|
|Apr 06, 2019||Sat||Receptions||due by 05:59AM|
|Apr 10, 2019||Wed||The Dialogue: Job's Friends||due by 05:59AM|
|Apr 10, 2019||Wed||Focus Texts: Job 4:12-21 and 8:11-22||due by 05:59PM|
|Apr 11, 2019||Thu||Focus Text Summaries - Job 4 & 8||due by 02:59PM|
|Apr 12, 2019||Fri||Prof E on the Friends||due by 05:59AM|
|Apr 13, 2019||Sat||Receptions||due by 05:59AM|
|Apr 17, 2019||Wed||The Dialogue: Job||due by 05:59AM|
|Apr 17, 2019||Wed||Focus texts: Job 3:1-10 and Job 19:13-22, 23-27||due by 05:59PM|
|Apr 18, 2019||Thu||Focus Text Summaries - Job 3 & 19||due by 02:59PM|
|Apr 20, 2019||Sat||Receptions||due by 05:59AM|
|Apr 22, 2019||Mon||Prof E on Job 3, 19||due by 05:59AM|
|Apr 24, 2019||Wed||Elihu’s Speeches, God’s Speeches, The Epilogue (Gathering Days)||due by 07:00PM|
|May 07, 2019||Tue||Exegesis Paper, Draft||due by 05:59AM|
|May 09, 2019||Thu||Exegesis Paper, Peer Review||due by 05:59AM|
|May 12, 2019||Sun||Exegesis Paper, Final Version||due by 05:59AM|
|May 28, 2019||Tue||Job's Interpreters Presentations Due||due by 05:59AM|
|May 30, 2019||Thu||Participation Self Evaluation||due by 05:59AM|