SemesterFall Semester, 2019
DepartmentSophomore Class A, Department of English Sophomore Class B, Department of English
Course NameBible and Literature
Course TypeElective
Course Objective
Course Description
Course Schedule

Bible and Literature weekly schedule

Week Date Class

  1. 9.10 Introduction to the course

  2. 9.17 Holiday

  3. 9.24 1. The Creation (Genesis 1-2)

T. S. Eliot, choruses from ‘The Rock’

C. S. Lewis, The Magician’s Nephew

1. In the Beginning Was the World (John 1: 1-18)

Jacques Derrida, Of Grammatology

  1. 10.1 2. The Fall (Genesis 3: 1-13)

John Milton, Paradise Lost

William Golding, Free Fall

  1. 10.8 3. The Sacrifice of Isaac (Genesis 22: 1-19)

Fourteenth-century English Passion Play

Søren Kierkegaard, Fear and Trembling


  1. 10.15 4. Jacob and Esau (Genesis 27: 15-35)

4. Wrestling Jacob (Genesis 32; 22-31)

Charles Wesley, ‘Wrestling Jacob’

Emily Dickinson, ‘A Little East of Jordan

Christina Rossetti, ‘Weeping We Hold Him Fast Tonight’

Roland Barthes, ‘The Struggle with the Angel’

  1. 10.22 Speech

  2. 10.29 Speech/Film Discussion: Evan Almighty

  3. 11.5 5. David and Bathsheba (2 Samuel 11: 1-27)

John Dryden, Absalom and Achitophel

Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter

Film Discussion: The Scarlet Letter

  1. 11.12 Mid-term exam week

  2. 11.19 6. The Nativity (Matthew 2: 1-12; Luke 2: 1-19)

T. S. Eliot, ‘The Journey of the Magi’

Second Shepherd’s Play

Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carols (not in the textbook)

  1. 11.26 7. The Problems of the Parables (Mark 4:1-20)

Frank Kermode, The Genesis of Secrecy

Søren Kierkegaard, ‘Either/Or’

Franz Kafka, The Trial

Jorge Luis Borges, Labyrinths: Selected Stories and Other


  1. 12.3 8. Jesus and the Samaritan Woman (John 4: 1-30)

Georffrey Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales

Moelwyn Verchant, Jeshua

8. Jesus and Mary in the Garden (John 20: 10-18)

Michele Roberts, The Wild Girl

  1. 12.10 9. The Crucifixion (Mark 15: 33-39):

The Dream of the Rood

‘Colphizacio,’ from The Wakefield Pageants

James Joyce, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

Film Discussion: The Passion

  1. 12.17 Speech/Film Discussion: Da Vinci Code

  2. 12.24 10. The Conversion of St Paul (Acts 9: 1-19):

Francis Thompson, ‘The Hound of Heaven’

Jacques Derrida, Memoirs of the Blind

  1. 12.31 11. Alpha and Omega (Revelation 21; 1-18)

Flannery O’Connor, Everything that Rises Must Converge

Film Discussion: 2012

  1. 1.7 Final-exam week

Teaching Methods
Teaching Assistant

Teaching Methods

The class will be conducted in the form of teacher’s lecture, students’ presentation, and small group discussion, all in English. A quiz will be given to students before the weekly assigned reading is taught in class. Students will be divided into small groups to do a 20-minute oral presentation related to the reading topics and lead the discussion. A mid-term examination and final examination will be given in class according to the class schedule. All students are encouraged to participate in class discussion.


Course Requirements and Grading

Quizzes 20%

Oral Presentation & Discussion 20%

Mid-term Exams 30%

Final Exams 30%

Textbook & Reference


Jasper, David and Stephen Prickett. eds. The Bible and Literature: A Reader. Oxford: Blackwell, 1999.



Bevan, David. Literature and the Bible. Amsterdam; Atlanta, GA : Rodopi, 1993.

Detweiler, Robert, David Jasper, Heidi Nordberg, and S. Brent Plate. Religion and Literature: A Reader. Louisville, Ky.: Westminster John Knox Press, 2000.

Dyas, Dee and Esther Hughes. The Bible in Western Culture: The Student’s Guide. New York: Routledge, 2005.

Gabel, John B., Charles B. Wheeler and Anthony D. York. The Bible as Literature: An Introduction. 4th ed. New York: Oxford UP, 2000.

* Hass, Andrew, David Jasper, and Elisabeth Jay, eds. The Oxford Handbook of English Literature and Theology. Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, 2007.

Henn, Thomas Rice. The Bible as Literature. Cambridge: the Lutterworth Press, 2008.

Hunns, Derek J. Bulgakov’s Apocalyptic Critique of Literature: The Use of Dante’s The Divine Comedy, Goethe’s Faust, and The Bible in The Master and Margarita. New York: Edwin Mellen, 1996.

Prickett, Stephen, and Robert Barnes. The Bible. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1991.

*Sawyer, John F.A., ed. The Blackwell Companion to the Bible in English Literature. Malden, Mass.: Blackwell Pub., 2006.





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