Introduction to the Hebrew Bible: The Five Books of Moses (Torah)

Register for this Fall 2022 course on the new NYU SPS Academy of Lifelong Learning website.
Registration for this course will end on Thursday, September 1 at 11:59pm EDT to allow time for processing COVID-related requirements. If you want to register after this date, please contact the academic department at to determine if an exception can be made.
The first five books of the Bible—Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy—have had a formative influence on western culture. These books contain some of the best-known biblical tales alongside laws and precepts that have shaped Jewish and Christian views across millennia. They also provide textual evidence of the history, religion, and culture of ancient Israel. In this course, we shall read the entirety of these five books, approaching them from an academic perspective; trace the processes by which these texts came to be formed; consider the multiple sources that shaped them; and analyze their meaning in their present form. No background in religion is necessary to take this course. Questions? Contact us at The Center for Applied Liberal Arts (CALA). Email or call 212-998-7289. Fall 2022 tuition is $659.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • Increased cultural literacy
  • An understanding of literary themes in the Bible

Ideal for

  • The curious and creative
  • Professionals who use critical thinking
NO open sections available for this course at the moment. Please check back next semester.