An introduction to psychological biblical criticism, exploring the contributions of C. G. Jung, Sigmund Freud, and Viktor Frankl, along with insights from cognitive , developmental and behavioral psychology, toward an understanding of the human psyche (soul) and its role in the history of the Bible and biblical interpretation. It will examine biblical stories (from Adam and Eve to the Wedding at Cana) , biblical religious experience ( dreams, visions, conversion, speaking in tongues) and biblical portraits (Ezekiel, Paul, Moses, and Jesus). It will also study the transaction between biblical texts and readers, noting therapeutic and pathogenic effects. Activities include sessions with Walter Wink’s “transforming Bible study.”
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