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Explores how ancient Jewish and Christian writings came to be valued as sacred scriptures. “Making” encompasses the physical production and transmission of ancient texts (authorship, sources, material aspects, scribal activity, and circulation) as well as assertions of scriptural authority and related processes of canonization. “Faking” involves alleged forgeries, both ancient and modern, as well as intentional alterations to scriptural texts. Prerequisite: Any biblical studies based RE course or Consent of Instructor.