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Course Listings - Fall 2006

Religion 121 R – Art of Biblical Literature
4 semester hours
Kaiser, Barbara

Pre-requisite: None

This course is intended to help readers appreciate the artistry of biblical prose and poetry. We will examine texts from the Old and New Testaments and Apocrypha, paying special attention to plot structure, word-plays, imagery, repetition, characterization, themes, parallelism and aetiology. Throughout the term, we will consider reinterpretations of biblical literature in the music, literature, and art and film of our own culture. Class sessions have a lecture/discussion format. There will be three or four exams and weekly writings or quizzes.

Religion 134 C/R – Chinese and Japanese Religious Traditions
4 semester hours
Oldstone-Moore, Jennifer

Pre-requisite: None

This course examines several religious traditions which have shaped East Asian civilizations. We will study the formal traditions of Taoism, Confucianism, Buddhism, Shinto and the New Religions; we will also consider the popular religious traditions of China and Japan. Classes include both lecture and discussion; students will be evaluated through essay exams, short papers and analysis of scripture and other texts.

Religion 137 R 01 – Jewish Tradition
4 semester hours
Millen, Rochelle

Pre-requisite: None

This course introduces the student to the Jewish tradition, beginning with its development in the biblical and early rabbinic periods.  It focuses upon the general history of Judaism as well as its basic concepts, including readings in primary and secondary texts and discussions of the Jewish calendar and life-cycle events.  Required:  three exams and two book reviews.  Not writing intensive.

Religion 137 R 1W – Jewish Tradition
4 semester hours
Millen, Rochelle

Pre-requisite: None

This course introduces the student to the Jewish tradition, beginning with its development in the biblical and early rabbinic periods.  It focuses upon the general history of Judaism as well as its basic concepts, including readings in primary and secondary texts and discussions of the Jewish calendar and life-cycle events.  Required:  three exams and two book reviews.  Writing intensive.

Religion 221 R – Understanding the Old Testament
4 semester hours
Kaiser, Barbara

This course is designed especially for religion majors, pre-theological students, and others with a serious interest in biblical studies. We will attempt to place the Old Testament literature in its historical context, understand the theological perspectives which shape the texts, develop methods of interpretation, and simply appreciate the artistry and inspiration of the Old Testament literature. Class sessions have lecture/discussion format. Students will take three exams and write a paper. Writing intensive. No prerequisites.

Religion 275 H/L – Germans and Jews
4 semester hours
Millen, Rochelle

This course analyzes issues that have characterized the history of German Jewry in its relationship to German Christendom, focusing on the period of the Enlightenment to the aftermath of the Holocaust. Problems of cultural difference, assimilation, European identity, and discrimination as reflected in the literature and historical documents of the times are considered. German and religion sections meet together regularly. Writing intensive.

Religion 321 – Biblical and Modern Prophets
4 semester hours
Kaiser, Barbara

In this seminar students will investigate the historical setting, rhetorical techniques, messages, and continuing relevance of biblical prophets from Amos of Tekoa to John of Patmos. Students will also consider the possibility of prophetic voices in contemporary society. In this upper–level seminar, participants will frequently offer short presentations and papers, complete a research paper, write an essay on a modern prophet, and take one or two exams. Writing intensive. Prerequisite: one college course in biblical studies.

Religion 343 R – Process Theology
4 semester hours
Copeland, Warren

Process Theology is a school of contemporary theology based upon the thinking of Alfred North Whitehead. Whitehead shared many of the mathematical and scientific views of Einstein. Process Theology seeks to think about God and reality generally in light of relativity. For instance, it proposes that God’s perfection lies in being perfectly relative to all reality. We shall read two introductions to Process Theology, one of Whitehead’s basic works and a recent text using Process Theology to think about public life. Students will lead discussion in class, post a discussion starter for one chapter of each book, respond to the discussion starters for each chapter of each book and write a paper at the end of the course discussing Process Theology in relation to some theological issue.

Religion 350 – Approaches to the Study of Religion
Jr. Colloquium – 2 semester hours
Nelson, Paul

An examination of various methodological approaches to the academic study of religion. We will discuss common reading and pursue individual research projects including a prospectus for senior essays. Required for all religion majors of the class of 2007. Writing intensive.

Religion 490 – Independent Study
Staff

This course may be repeated for credit

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