Genesis as Ritual?
I’ve been kicking around a new pedagogical method for the general humanities class I teach at Temple. Most of the texts in the class were originally performed. A few other texts could be swapped out to replace with a more performance-friendly choice. The major problem that I have been left with is the book of Genesis. How can I teach Genesis as a performative text?
If this were a class at a confessional school, I could address the issue of personal devotion to the text. In what ritual context(s) do students read the text? (devotionally, liturgically, etc.) But, in the sort of class I am teaching, this is not an option.