REL 270
Jewish and Christian Identity in the Ancient World Spring 2019
Division II
Cross-listed REL 270 / JWST 270
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The modern engagement with the many ways that we construct identity has been matched by a similar wave of studies about identity construction in the ancient world. In this course, we will discuss the rise of “Judaism” and “Jewish identity” in the ancient period (looking at roughly 400 BCE-200 CE), and compare it with the movement of the followers of Jesus as a negotiation of a new identity within Judaism (roughly 30 CE-200 CE). We will conclude with the question of the “Parting of the Ways” of these two groups.
The Class: Type: seminar
Limit: 19
Expected: 15
Class#: 3389
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: three short papers (4-5 pages), one final paper (10-15 pages), close reading of materials, engagement with class discussion
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: Religion majors, Jewish Studies concentrators
Distributions: Division II
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
REL 270 Division II JWST 270 Division II

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