"Greek Myth and the Hero" (IT)
Cross-listed with Greek and Roman Studies 210
"The World of Jesus" (CHC)
Studies Judaism from the exile by the Babylonians to the Jewish War. Focuses on the
Jewish reaction to three historical events: the destruction of Solomon's temple, the
desecration of the second temple by the Greeks, and its destruction by the Romans.
Reconstructs the religious and political climates which resulted from these historical
struggles and which provided ground for the beginning of Christianity. Offered in alternate years.
"Jesus and the Gospels" (IT)
Explores the various portraits of Jesus in the gospel literature of the New Testament
and the extra-canonical traditions. By approaching the literature from a historical-literary
perspective, we will reconstruct each gospel's interpretation of Jesus and, finally,
the "historical" Jesus himself. Offered in alternate years.
(cross-listed with HIST 318 and REL 318) "Blood Rites and Mystery Cults" (CH)
Ancient Roman religion was uniquely open to foreign influence while respecting its
own customs. This course will examine how the Roman people demonstrated this quality
as they adopted or adapted new religious ideas and traditions from the beginnings
of the Roman monarchy in 753 BCE to the fifth century CE. Offered occasionally. May Term.
"Judaism and Christianity in the Greco-Roman World"
This course examines the development of Judaism and Christianity during the Roman
period from 167 BCE-312 CE. We will study pivotal moments in the development of Judaism
and Christianity to see how these religions were affected by the Roman Empire and
also how these religions affected the course of Western history.
"Christian Controversies and Creeds" (IT)
Traces the development and meaning of the major doctrinal traditions which gained
authoritative status within the ancient Church from the bible to the Council of Chalcedon.
We will understand these traditions to be the result of dialogue, contention, and
controversy between various groups of Christians. Offered in alternate years.
"Sexuality and Christianity" (AV)
Studies the development of attitudes toward sexuality and the body in many varieties
of Christianity in order to understand the origins, complexity, and continuation of
the religious sanctification of sexism in our society. Offered occasionally.
Lost Books of the Bible (IT, W)
This course examines writings from antiquity that were omitted from the Bible such
as the Dead Sea Scrolls, The Book of Enoch, and the Gospel of Thomas and considers
the complex reasons why these writings were omitted and what they might mean for us
today. Offered in alternate years.