Larry Yarbrough

 Associate Status

Professor Yarbrough, Tillinghast Professor of Religion, teaches biblical studies (both Jewish and Christian scriptures), the origins of Christianity, and religion and literature. He is the author of Not Like the Gentiles: Marriage Rules in the Letters of Paul and co-editor of The Social World of the Earliest Christians. Professor Yarbrough has been at Middlebury College since 1983.



Course List: 

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RELI 0180 / ENAM 0180 - Intro to Biblical Literature      

An Introduction to Biblical Literature
This course is a general introduction to biblical history, literature, and interpretation. It is designed for students who seek a basic understanding of the Bible on its own or as a foundation for further study in religion, art, literature, film, and other disciplines. It aims to acquaint students with the major characters, narratives, poetry, and compositional features of biblical literature and how these writings became Jewish and Christian scriptures. The course will also explore various approaches to reading the Bible, both religious and secular. 3 hrs. lect./disc. LIT PHL

Fall 2017, Fall 2018

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RELI 0381 - Seminar in the New Testament      

Lives of Jesus, Then and Now
In this seminar we will examine lives of Jesus from the earliest gospels to contemporary novels, tracing how changing times result in changing views. Though focusing on literature, we will also look at the ways artists of each period portray Jesus—including representations in contemporary cinema. From the earliest period we will look at a variety of gospels (Mark, John, Thomas, and the Protoevangelium of James); from late antiquity and the medieval world we will consider Augustine’s harmony of the gospels, the Gospel of Nicodemus, and examples of narrative art; the latter part of the course will focus on the “quest of the historical Jesus” and recent responses to it. 3 hrs. sem. LIT PHL

Fall 2015

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RELI 0382 - Exemplary Lives      

Exemplary Lives
Many religious and philosophical traditions in the ancient Mediterranean world used
“biographies” to portray and promote their notions of a good life—Judaism and Christianity among them. In this course we will examine examples of these “biographies,” noting similarities and differences with regard to the ideals they emphasize and the strategies their authors use. We will read, for example, “lives” of Moses written by a Greek-speaking Jewish philosopher in Alexandria (Philo) and a Christian bishop in Asia Minor (Gregory of Nyssa)—both of whom use Greek moral vocabulary to praise Moses and make him a model of the good life. Other authors and subjects include Plato, Xenophon, Tacitus, Plutarch, Diogenes Laertius, Eusebius of Caesarea, Jesus, Paul, Yohanan ben Zakkai, martyrs, philosophers, politicians, and holy men and women from across the Mediterranean world. 3 hrs. sem. LIT PHL

Fall 2018

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RELI 0383 / GSFS 0383 - Storied Women      

Storied Women
In this course we will read and analyze stories about women in the Jewish Bible, its Greek translations, and the Christian Bible (both Old and New Testaments). Using various historical, literary, theological, and gendered approaches to the study of ancient texts, we will examine characters such as Eve, Sarah, Hagar, Rebekah, Tamar, Deborah, Ruth, Judith, Mary, the women of Paul’s letters, and Revelation’s great whore of Babylon. In addition to recent academic treatments of the stories, we will also consider some of the ways they have been retold through time in both religious and secular settings, including art, literature, drama, and film. 3 hrs. sem. LIT PHL

Fall 2017

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RELI 0500 - Independent Research      

Independent Research
(Approval Required)

Fall 2015, Winter 2016, Spring 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2017, Winter 2018, Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Winter 2019, Spring 2019, Winter 2020

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RELI 0700 - Senior Project in Religion      

Senior Project
(Approval Required)

Fall 2015, Winter 2016, Spring 2016, Winter 2017, Fall 2017, Winter 2018, Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Winter 2019, Winter 2020

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RELI 0701 - Senior Thesis in Religion      

Senior Research for Honors Candidates
Approval required

Fall 2015, Winter 2016, Spring 2016, Winter 2017, Fall 2017, Winter 2018, Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Winter 2019, Winter 2020

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RELI 1042 - Introspection/ChallengingTimes      

Introspection in Challenging Times
Challenging times—whether personal, national, or global—commonly give rise to the challenge of introspection. In this course we will examine a variety of writers who, in such times, have expressed their reflections in meditations, confessions, prayers, autobiographies, essays, poetry, journals, and letters. The list includes emperors, bishops, monks, nuns, diplomats, slaves, activists, resistors, martyrs, and other ordinary people. (Some names: Augustine, Teresa, Tubman, Douglass, Weil, Frankel, Gandhi, Day, Morrison, and the Dalai Lama). In addition to analysis, discussion, and work in small groups, we will explore writing in the various genres we examine as a way to develop their own approach to introspection in challenging times. LIT PHL WTR

Winter 2018

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