session 7

Bad Girls and Bad Boys in the Good Book

Fridays, March 10, 17, 24, 31
1:30-3:20 p.m.
Pappajohn Business Building, Room W107
21 E. Market St., Iowa City
Registration Deadline: March 3
Class Limit: 70

Whereas numerous personalities of the Jewish and Christian Bible exhibit virtuous behavior, others exhibit dubious behavior. Female examples: Potiphar's prehensile wife tries to seduce Joseph, Jael kills a male visitor with a tent peg and mallet, and some urban wives lapse into adultery. Male examples: King Solomon conscripts slaves to build his temple, Ezekiel becomes fixated on nude women, and Haman tries to exterminate the Jewish population in Persia. Just as some characters in celebrated nonbiblical narrative behave badly, so, too, the Bible. Perhaps that's one reason why biblical narrative can be credible and engaging.

INSTRUCTOR: J. Kenneth Kuntz, served in the UI Department of Religious Studies for 39 years, obtaining his B.A. degree from Grinnell College, a B.D. from Yale University Divinity School, and a Ph.D. from Union Theological Seminary. He spent three semester-long academic sojourns in Cambridge, England, engaged in research and interacting with theological faculty at Cambridge University.

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