Module 2 presents a text-based analysis of the biblical exegesis of key African exegetes such as Clement of Alexandria, Tertullian, Cyprian, Tyconius, Athanasius, Augustine, and Quodvultdeus. Topics will include various interpretations of Genesis, the Song of Songs, and the Gospel of John, as well as how early Christian interpretation of the Bible relates to classical culture. Selections from the Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture (29 volumes, InterVarsity Press, Thomas C. Oden, General Editor, Christopher A. Hall, Associate Editor) will be extensively utilized. Students will gain an appreciation for the complexity of early Christian biblical interpretation and an understanding of how the Bible came to serve as the foundation of Western culture.