Rutgers University in New Jersey is currently offering students the chance to take a theology class on Bruce Springsteen, NME
reports. Students will have the opportunity to study the biblical references in the lyrics of Springsteen, spanning his 40 year career.
, the Jewish studies and classics specialist responsible for the module, has issued the following statement about the course:
"Interestingly, Springsteen refers more often to the stories of the Hebrew Bible (the Old Testament) than the New Testament. On a literary level, Springsteen often recasts biblical figures and stories into the American landscape."
He continues, "The narrator of 'Adam Raised a Cain' describes his strained relationship with his father through the prism of the biblical story of the first father and son; apocalyptic storms accompany a boy’s tortured transition into manhood in 'The Promised Land', and the first responders of 9/11 rise up to 'someplace higher' in the flames, much as Elijah the prophet ascended in a chariot of fire ('Into the Fire')."