The Literary Witness of Elie Wiesel

CRN: 
30002
Course Dates: 
June 15, 22, 29, July 6, 13, 20, 2015
Times: 
9-11 a.m.
Instructor(s): 
Morgan Phillips
Course Catalogs: 
2015 Summer

Elie Wiesel’s literary work turns on his education as a practicing Jew, a devotee of Hasidism, a student of Talmud, and a survivor of Auschwitz and Buchenwald. His work as an author deals with the Holocaust not as an historical fact but as an existential experience, and as a challenge to the Judeo-Christian concept of God.  We will discuss his understanding of the Shoah (destruction) and what our response as human beings should be to such massive evil. Required texts (all by Elie Wiesel): The Night Trilogy, ISBN: 10-0809073641. The Gates of the Forest, ISBN: 10-080521044X. The Trial, ISBN: 10-0805210539. Cost: $34.63 (total).

Morgan Phillips (mlphilli@charter.net) received his BA from Ohio Wesleyan University, MDiv from Yale University, and his PhD in biblical studies from Drew University.  He did post-doctoral study in Germany and Israel, followed by teaching for thirty-seven years at Ohio Wesleyan University.