Jews, Christians, and Others in Late Antiquity

REL-A 316 — Spring 2020

painting of Jesus Christ wearing thorn crown
Jason Mokhtarian
Days and Times
MW 2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Course Description

This course examines the complicated relationship between Judaism and Christianity in the first seven centuries of the common era. Did Jews and Christians see one another as siblings or rivals? In the centuries after the death of Jesus, what were the beliefs and practices that made someone a Jew versus a Christian? In this class, students pay attention to the portrayals of Christians in ancient Jewish literature, and vice versa, while also learning about the role that other religious groups played in the development of Judaism and Christianity. Students will perform close readings of ancient texts as a way to explore the diversity of religious identities in antiquity and beyond. Grades are based on in-class group activities, quizzes, and a midterm and final.

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