The course explores and applies an intertextual method of reading the Bible. "Reading the Bible Then" expresses itself in giving due attention to the originating historical and cultural contexts out of which the Bible came and what biblical materials meant within that context. "Reading the Bible Now" expresses itself in how the Bible might speak relevantly or what it can mean to persons today, who live in entirely different historical and cultural contexts. In Unit One students will study an overview of the biblical story that addresses both its originating context and some contemporary implications. Unit Two will explore a number of social, economic, and political implications of biblical understandings of justice. In Unit Three students will give focused and intentional study to the matter of inclusive biblical interpretation, that is, ways of reading that seek not to exclude voices of "the Other."