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Jewish and Christian Identity in a Greek and Roman World
RELI 488
Spring 2008 not offered

When Alexander the Great created one expansive world order in the west that we call Hellenism, Jews found themselves a minority in this brave new world. Jewish literature and archaeological remains reveal a vibrant Diaspora consciousness that reflects on a sense of Jewish identity in a world ruled by others. When Rome arose and came to rule the formerly Greek-controlled lands, the early Christian movement was also beginning to spread and challenge its relation to Judaism. At the same time that many Jewish and Christian texts reflect a strong sense of identity and distinction, others betray ambiguity, ambivalence, and a gray area of identity. This course will examine how Jews and Christians negotiated their existence in a Greek and Roman culture and came to separate into different communities.

Essential Capabilities: None
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA RELI
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None

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