Odyssey: The Cultural World of the Bible

The Bible is a Middle Eastern document written about Middle Eastern people by Middle Easterners. Because this culture and its values contrast markedly with Western culture and values, cultural (and especially Mediterranean) anthropology is a useful tool for understanding this book and to help in avoiding ethnocentric interpretations. This course will explore key Middle Eastern cultural concepts to assist in constructing a "Biblical Culture Smart Card"—similar to those provided to the armed forces serving in foreign countries. Participants will be guided through cross-cultural interpretation as the course contrasts middle-class United States cultural values with those of the Mediterranean world.

910.679.01 Homewood Campus Cost: $192 (6 sessions) Wednesdays, Feb. 18, to March 25, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

JHU full-time faculty/staff members are eligible for 80% tuition remission. Spouse/same-sex domestic partners are eligible for 50% remission. You will be unable to register online and receive a discount.

Contact, 410-516-8516, for more information.