Course Catalogue 2018-2019

Ugaritic - Cancelled on Apr 22, 2018

SMB5307HF L0101 SESSION: Fall 2018 INSTRUCTOR(S): Holmstedt, Robert D.

COLLEGE: St. Michael's College SCHEDULE: Tue, Thu TIME: 8:00 to 10:00

PRE-REQUISITES: Two years of Hebrew CREDITS: One Credit

A seminar on the language and literature of Ugarit. Knowledge of biblical Hebrew or some other Semitic language is presupposed. The texts are prepared in advance and presented by the students, with attention to grammar and syntax, and with consideration of literary and religious questions, from an historical and comparative point of view, and with reference to all the relevant scholarly literature.

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Wisdom in Second Temple Judaism

EMB5347HF L0101 SESSION: Fall 2018 INSTRUCTOR(S): Newman, Judith

COLLEGE: Emmanuel College SCHEDULE: Mon TIME: 13:00 to 15:00

CREDITS: One Credit

This course treats either books (Job, Sirach, Ecclesiastes, Wisdom of Solomon) or thematic aspects (creation, prayer, eschatology) of the sapiential tradition as it evolved in the period 538 BCE - 70 CE with an eye to the relationship of these books to the broader swath of sapiential textual traditions of the era, including the instruction literature from Qumran. The focus will be Ben Sira, with attention to the significance of textual variants in the manuscript traditions for our understanding of the formation of the Bible. Course will be a seminar. Seminar participation, seminar presentations, major paper.

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Topics in Greco-Roman Religions

KNB5500HF L0101 SESSION: Fall 2018 INSTRUCTOR(S): McLean, Bradley

COLLEGE: Knox College SCHEDULE: Tue TIME: 9:00 to 11:00

CREDITS: One Credit

Students will study various aspects of Greco-Roman religions in the Hellenistic and Imperial periods with special emphasis on topics relevant to the study of first and second century Christ groups including voluntary religious associations, mystery religions, sacred laws, sacrifice, magic, healing and sacred manumission.

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Readings in Augustine

TRT5530HF L0101 SESSION: Fall 2018 INSTRUCTOR(S): Neelands, David

COLLEGE: Trinity College SCHEDULE: Wed TIME: 14:00 to 16:00

CREDITS: One Credit

Examination of Augustine's writings against the Manichaeans, the Donatists, and the Pelagians. Discussion of weekly readings and a major paper.

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Preaching Luke - Acts

KNP55331HF L0101 SESSION: Fall 2018 INSTRUCTOR(S): Farris, Stephen C.

COLLEGE: Knox College SCHEDULE: Wed TIME: 9:00 to 11:00

CREDITS: One Credit

This course is intended to deepen students' knowledge of Luke-Acts, to increase the effectiveness of the preaching of class members and to prepare them to teach others to preach faithfully and effectively from texts in Luke-Acts. The course will focus on learning and/or creating appropriate and broadly teachable methods of moving from text to sermon, as informed by materials in Luke-Acts The Gospel of Luke and its companion volume, the Acts of the Apostles constitute more than a quarter of the New Testament as a whole. These writings also have provided the source material for a proportion of the preaching of the Christian Church which cannot be accurately estimated but is certainly very large. Luke-Acts has also provided almost the entire framework from which the Church year was created. (The chief exception is Epiphany.) It therefore has a key role in the life of many Christian traditions. While it cannot be argued that the creation of the Church year was an aim of the author of Luke-Acts, consideration of the way Luke uses and arranges time may be one useful lens with which to examine this work and also to link to contemporary listeners to preaching, especially in traditions which follow the church year.

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Lonergan's Method in Theology

RGT5578HF L0101 SESSION: Fall 2018 INSTRUCTOR(S): Dadosky, John D.

COLLEGE: Regis College SCHEDULE: Mon TIME: 16:00 to 18:00

CREDITS: One Credit

Textual reading and discussion of Lonergan?s Method in Theology with a view towards addressing an array of issues concerning method in the contemporary study of theology in the university setting. Examination of the foundations for theology and the various methodological disciplines and collaboration. Topics include: methodological relationship of subjectivity/objectivity, roles of research, history, criticism (dialectic), systematic theology, doctrines, interpretation (normative authority of certain texts), praxis, communication (scholarly reporting) meaning, culture, religion each as they pertain to method for theological reflection. Satisfies the method course requirement for the PhD.

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Synoptic Problem

SMB5615HF L0101 SESSION: Fall 2018 INSTRUCTOR(S): Kloppenborg, John S.

COLLEGE: St. Michael's College SCHEDULE: Wed TIME: 9:00 to 12:00

CREDITS: One Credit

Investigation of history of solutions to the Synoptic Problem from the eighteenth century to the present. Special attention to revival of the Griesbach hypothesis and to recent advances in the Two-Document Hypothesis. Seminar and seminar paper. Prerequisite: Greek and either German or French. Cross-listed to Religion as RLG3243H

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Cross-cultural Religious Thought

TRT5671HF L0101 SESSION: Fall 2018 INSTRUCTOR(S): Khan, Abrahim H.

COLLEGE: Trinity College SCHEDULE: Mon TIME: 11:00 to 13:00

PRE-REQUISITES: A course in theology or philosophy of religion. CREDITS: One Credit

An examination of the idea of self in Hinduism and Islam through representative contemporary thinkers Rabindranath Tagore and Muhammad Iqbal respectively. How is self understood? What is its relation to the ideas of person and personal identity? What are the philosophical and theological presuppositions of the idea of self? Answers are supplemented by classical and other contemporary writings of the religious tradition in question, thereby accessing the worldview associated with that tradition. Introductory lecture, weekly student presentations and discussions or assigned readings.

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Nothing Can Separate Us...! The Dialectical Materialism of Slavoj Zizek

ICT5704HF L0101 SESSION: Fall 2018 INSTRUCTOR(S):

COLLEGE: SCHEDULE: TBA TIME: TBA to TBA

CREDITS: One Credit

This seminar will map out the Dialectical Materialism of Slovenian philosopher, psycho-analyst, and cultural critic Slavoj Zlzek. A communist and atheist, Zlzek's thought is an original Lacanian inspired repeat of Hegel that recallibrates Materialism. Zlzek's incisive structural insights will be explored even as his faith in the Void as the eternal traumatic Real is contrasted with faith in the steadfast Love of God.

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Church and Society in the First Century - Cancelled on Apr 22, 2018

SMB5807HF L0101 SESSION: Fall 2018 INSTRUCTOR(S): Kloppenborg, John S.

COLLEGE: St. Michael's College SCHEDULE: Wed TIME: 9:00 to 12:00

CREDITS: One Credit

This course examines the ways in which Pauline Christians and their successors in the cities of the Empire formed communities for the support and nurture of their faith and way of life. It will examine the models they adopted for communities, the ways in which they defined their ethos and set the limits of community, the ways in which outsiders viewed the emerging churches, and the internal challenges they faced.

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