Words in Her Mouth: Women in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam

Schools of Public Engagement: Humanities

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Words in Her Mouth

Fall 2019

Taught By: Fran Snyder

Section: A

CRN: 7102

Credits: 3

When biblical women speak, who’s talking? When they are lifted from ancient parchment and set walking through two millennia of history onto foreign ground and speaking foreign tongues, the messages they carry serve the commentators who have interpreted them. Despite evidence in Genesis of Eve’s remarkable curiosity, the desires and aims of those who recreated her bluntly oppose the text –Eve becomes the bringer of sin and death. Mary, the young Jewish mother Jesus, is pressed into service by early Christian commentators to assume the roles of Queen of Heaven, Mother of God, Perpetual Virgin. In this course, we will study biblical women and the men and women who, literally, gave and continue to give them voice. We will read the Hebrew Bible and rabbinic literature, the New Testament and Christian commentary, passages as various as the Qur’an, African-American Womanist theology, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Euripides. We’ll use modern commentary, prose and poetry, painting and sculpture, and music. Secondary sources provide historical contexts and methodologies for reading ancient texts. The course concludes with a class-wide EveFest! All readings are in English translation.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Humanities (NHUM)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 16

Add/Drop Deadline: September 9, 2019 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 17, 2019 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

*Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 10:11pm 2/28/2020 EST

Meeting Info:

Days: Thursday

Times: 4:00pm - 5:50pm

Building: Johnson/Kaplan 66 West 12th

Room: 601

Date Range: 8/29/2019 - 12/12/2019