REL 204
Jesus and Judaism Fall 2019
Division II
Cross-listed JWST 204 / REL 204

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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?
The Class: Type: seminar
Limit: 21
Expected: 15
Class#: 1666
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: active preparation and participation, papers
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: Religion Majors and Jewish Studies concentrators get preference
Distributions: Division II
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
JWST 204 Division II REL 204 Division II

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