New Jersey's Rutgers University will be offering a freshman seminar examining the theology of Bruce Springsteen, according to Rolling Stone. The Rutgers Today PR site announced that professor Azzan Yadin-Israel's course will cover all 40 years of Springsteen's career -- from 1973's debut Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J. through 2012's chart-topping, Wrecking Ball album. Rutgers isn't the first school devote a course to Springsteen, with New Jersey's Princeton University and New York's University of Rochester offering up courses in the past studying "The Boss."
Yadin-Israel who usually teaches Jewish studies and classics along with early rabbinic literature explained, is also a Springsteen die-hard, and explained, "Theologically, I would say the most dominant motifs are redemption -- crossing the desert and entering the Promised Land -- and the sanctity of the everyday. Springsteen tries to drag the power of religious symbols that are usually relegated to some transcendent reality into our lived world. In his later albums he also writes very openly about faith."
Bruce Springsteen has never forgotten that rock n' roll served not only as an escape, but as a world class education for him: "It taught me the most important thing, it's that there's more to life than what you see around. And that was something that they couldn't teach me in school, y'know, I couldn't learn it in the house, you couldn't learn it from the people you were hanging with out on the street, or anything. It was the most important lesson of my life, y'know? I guess, at night, that's the only thing we try to (laughs) say, or to try to do. It's really the only message, really, is, y'know -- don't sell yourself short."
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