The Bible through Art and Artifact I

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Week One
June 5-9
1:30 - 4:00

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This course combines the riches of the biblical text with some of Yale’s greatest treasures.  Each day will have a different theme that we will explore through academic study and lively conversation about a biblical text. We will then enrich our learning about this theme with a related field trip to a site on Yale’s campus.  Our excursions will take us to the Yale Peabody Museum (Egyptian exhibit), the Yale Art Gallery (European art collection), the Institute of Sacred Music (organ settings of the Psalms), the Yale Babylonian Collection (artifacts from the ancient Near East), and the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library (ancient papyri and illuminated medieval manuscripts).Together we will expand and deepen our understanding of Scripture as we engage the text on many levels. We will grow in knowledge and love of the Bible, while discovering new ways to make ancient texts come alive in the life of congregations. (This course is capped at fifteen students.)


The Rev. Dr. Julie Faith Parker is Assistant Professor of Old Testament at Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio. She was awarded the Ph.D. in Old Testament/Hebrew Bible with distinction from Yale University, and also holds degrees from Yale Divinity School (S.T.M), Union Theological Seminary in New York City (M.Div.) and Hamilton College (B.A.; Phi Beta Kappa).  She has taught at Colby College (Waterville, Maine), Andover Newton Theological School (Newton Center, Mass.), Fordham University (Bronx, NY), and New York Theological Seminary (New York City; teaching inmates pursuing a Master’s degree within Sing Sing Maximum Security Prison).  Her research interests focus on feminist biblical interpretation, childist biblical interpretation, and ancient Near Eastern languages and cultures; her scholarly articles have appeared in the Journal of Biblical Literature, Biblical Interpretation, and Ugarit-Forschungen (among other journals). She is the author of five books, most recently Valuable and Vulnerable: Children in the Hebrew Bible, especially the Elisha Cycle, published by Brown University in 2013. She recently edited a collection of essays written by her students imaging life as a biblical character (My So-Called Biblical Life, in press with Wipf and Stock). An ordained minister in the United Methodist Church, Dr. Parker formerly worked full-time in congregational and campus ministry. She continues to preach and teach as an invited speaker at churches in the Midwest and the Tri-State region.

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Julie Faith Parker