Great Books in Translation Seminar: The Story of King David
Sun. 2pm Eastern
Course Description: This class will be focused on close, attentive reading of the Bible's David story (1 Samuel, 2 Samuel, and 1 Kings, chapters 1-2) in the setting of a roundtable Great Books seminar. In terms of originality, as well as literary and philosophical depth, this text can hold its own beside anything written by Shakespeare or the Ancient Greeks. By probing the text and only the text with open minds, open hearts, and fresh eyes, participants will be encouraged to discover the complexity and artfulness of the text and what the text has to teach us about some of the greatest questions and problems of the human condition, with the instructor not lecturing, but moderating and guiding rich and respectful dialogue among peers.
Level: This course is intended for anyone who wishes to listen carefully to the text in a wisdom-seeking spirit, either a longtime friend of this text or someone excited to encounter it for the first time.
Textbook: Instructor will allow some diversity in translations used and will give advice on choosing from among the best translations.
Sections capped at: 5 students. If the course is sold-out, please fill out this waiting-list form.
David Ring teaches Latin and Ancient Greek as living languages by using an eclectic mix of methods, ranging from the insights of Renaissance Humanist pedagogy (especially the advice of Erasmus) to the Direct/Nature method to (first and foremost) Teaching with Comprehensible Input. Be it a discussion in Attic Greek about a beautiful painting, or personal life conversation in Attic Greek, or paraphrasing Homer or Lyric into simpler Attic prose, or storyboarding Lucian's True Stories -- David and his students aim to "get lost" in the joy of what they are doing, such that they "forget" they are speaking Ancient Greek. He believes that the purpose of liberal education is to help young people grow in self-knowledge -- both individual and cultural --, to help them form sharp intellects, wise judgment, and greatness of soul. He believes this is best done via direct encounters with the greatest minds and greatest stories of the last 3,000 years.