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Despite its Eastern origins, the Bible is widely accepted as a foundational text of Western civilization. This lecture will uncover the Eastern roots of a “Western” classic and challenge common misconceptions about the Bible. What are the underlying assumptions that cause people to think of the Bible as a “Western” work? What problems do these assumptions create when we seek to understand the Bible and other texts related to it, such as the Qur’an? This lecture is an opportunity to explore a familiar text from a fresh perspective.
GIVEN: JUNE 2009, FEBRUARY 2011