Bruce Springsteen's Theology

From Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm, 3:07 pm on 9 September 2014

Bruce Springsteen CC BY SA

Bruce Springsteen 1988. CC3.0

For devoted fans of of U.S.A. rock legend Bruce Springsteen, a concert can be a divine experience, the Promised Land. His songs about women, sports, the struggles of the working class and boys coming of age have earned "The Boss" fans around the world.

Now disciples in his beloved home state of New Jersey can earn something in return... a university credit for a class that explores Springsteen's influence, not as a rock legend, but as a writer. 

The course looks at the biblical foundations of Springsteen lyrics and it's taught by a professor of Jewish studies and classics at Rutgers University in New Brunswick New Jersey, about 50 kilometers from where Bruce Springsteen grew up.

Professor Azzan Yadin-Israel joins Simon Mercep to talk about his first-year course called Bruce Springsteen's Theology. We listen to some Springsteen songs and ask Professor Yadin-Israel to discuss them.