FTR-RSMAR102
Masterseminar Textual Sources of Judaism and Christianity
Cursus informatieRooster
CursusFTR-RSMAR102
Studiepunten (ECTS)10
CategorieMA (Master)
VoertaalEngels
Aangeboden doorRadboud Universiteit; Faculteit der Filosofie, Theologie en Religiewetenschappen; Opleiding Religiestudies;
Docenten
Examinator
dr. M. den Dulk
Overige cursussen docent
Docent
dr. M. den Dulk
Overige cursussen docent
Contactpersoon van de cursus
dr. M. den Dulk
Overige cursussen docent
Collegejaar2017
Periode
PER3-PER4  (05-02-2018 t/m 03-06-2018)
Aanvangsblok
PER3
Onderwijsvorm
voltijd
Opmerking-
Inschrijven via OSIRISJa
Inschrijven voor bijvakkersNee
VoorinschrijvingNee
WachtlijstNee
Plaatsingsprocedure-
Cursusdoelen
After this course you will be able to:
  • articulate an understanding of 'race' and 'ethnicity' as it applies to both modern and the ancient contexts, specifically the Jewish and Christian matrices within the Greco-Roman world;
  • analyze an ancient Jewish and/or Christian text related to 'race' and/or 'ethnicity' with careful attention to its socio-historical and literary context.
Inhoud
Race and Ethnicity in Early Christianity and Judaism

This course considers the role of race and ethnicity in early Jewish and Christian literature. It would only be a slight exaggeration to say that Christianity has traditonally been characterized as a universal religion that rejected racial and ethnic distinctions. To the Christians, 'race' and 'ethnicity' were relevant only in as much as they were obstacles to be transcended by the new religious movement. This perspective on Christianity is often contrasted, implicitly or explicitly, with an understanding of Judaism as a parochial tradition focused exclusively on its own 'ethnos' (people). Recent scholarship agrees that this account of Judaism and Christianity is fundamentally flawed, yet major questions remain about the meaning and function of 'race' and 'ethnicity' in ancient Jewish and Christian literature.

Questions that will be considered in this course include:
  • How do we define 'race' and 'ethnicity'? Did people think in such terms in antiquity or are these strictly modern concepts?
  • To what extent were ancient Judaism and Christianity universal or rather an exclusivist traditions?
  • To what extent were racial and ethnic categories important to the early Christians? 
  • Do early Jewish and Christian sources espouse notions that may be classified as 'racist'?
Toetsinformatie
Short assignments; final major assignment.

Contact informatie
Op afspraak

Verplicht materiaal
Wordt nader bekendgemaakt
Will be announced on Blackboard.

Werkvormen
Werkcollege
AanwezigheidsplichtJa

Algemeen
Seminar: study of literature, discussions, presentations by students and small assignments.

Toetsen
Paper
Weging1
ToetsvormPaper
GelegenhedenBlok TENT4, Blok TENT5