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Jesus and Judaism
/ REL 204
Was Jesus a Christian? Was he Jewish? And if Christianity’s ostensible founder was Jewish, what does that mean for his Christianness? This course will explore Christian, Jewish, and secular depictions of Jesus’ Jewishness to see what they reveal about the nature and history of the relationship between Christianity and Judaism. Broad in its historical scope, the course will include examinations of ancient Jewish messianic expectations, New Testament depictions of Jesus’ Jewishness, covert references to Jesus in the Talmud, medieval debates between Jews and Christians, and modern scholarly “quests” for the historical Jesus. Was Jesus Jewish? How so and for whom?
Grading: yes pass/fail option,
yes fifth course option
active preparation and participation, papers
Religion Majors and Jewish Studies concentrators get preference
This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit: