Reflection on Genesis

A subtext of this course has been the wonderful challenges that the Bible poses to conventional notions of it — whether they come from theologians, biblical scholars, or historical figures. These groups have a long tradition of challenging one another as well, a feature of academic life you've grown accustomed to as you get whiplash traveling from one of our classrooms to the next. (We also learn from and genuinely enrich one another, though that is less fun to admit.)

Can you imagine the conversation that might happen between a modern professional biblical scholar, Rusty Reno, and Peter Leithart over Reno's interpretation of one of the passages of Genesis? Yes you can, my friends. Sí se pueden.

Transcribe an imaginary conversation among the biblical scholar of your choice (including the Westmont professors who taught you Old and New Testament), Leithart, and Reno over both his interpretation of a specific passage of Genesis and his general interpretive stance. You can set it anywhere you like: a scholarly convention such as the annual meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, a forum on Westmont's campus, a bar (hmm ... "Peter Leithart, Caryn Reeder, and Rusty Reno walk into a bar"), wherever. Have fun, but make sure you get to the heart of the issues likely to arise among them.

Please keep your paper 3-4 pages, double-spaced, and follow the directions in my suggestions for writing papers. Before you turn it in on the day it's due, print out two copies of my peer review form to attach to it, and read the instructions on how the peer review process works.

Remember, I want to see proper style, clear writing, a thorough answer to the question, and explicit citations of course materials.

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