This course has been offered at UCSC as Literature 124 or History 163B. Below, a few notes that may still be of interest.

  1. Syllabus
  2. A few notes and commentaries
    •  reading the Bible
    • creation story: myth or history
    • Gen 1-3
    • Gen 4
    • Gen 6-9: flood, of the good use of Mesopotamian myths
    • Gen 11: tower of Babel.
    • Gen 22
    • On the notion of transportable or spiritual land, read this poem by Mahmoud Darwish.
    • On the conflict Esau/Jacob (Gen 27-33)
    • Gen 37 on Joseph and his brothers.
  3. Related texts
    • Enuma Elish (Babylonian creation myth; ET by N.K. Sandars)
    • Epic of Gilgamesh: an illuminating summary; a recent translation of 11 tablets.
    • Atrahasis, a Mesopotamian flood story: translation, or summary and extensive quotes
  4. a short bibliography.

Gildas Hamel

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