Jesus Through Jewish Eyes|
Fall 2018 not offered
|Certificates: Jewish and Israel Studies|
In this course, we explore the visual and textual representations of the vexed relation between Jews and Christians throughout history. Looking at the various ways in which Christianity and Judaism define themselves vis-à-vis the other allows us to understand what mechanisms of cultural appropriation, subversion, and hidden polemics are at work. Special attention will be given to the figure of Jesus as a point of artistic and theological contention. How do artistic representations change our understanding of religious themes? What is at stake for each religion in the encounter with the other? What are the political implications of theological debates? Is this dialogue needed, or even possible, in our post-secular age?
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CJS)(RELI-MN)
Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, NATHAN THE WISE
Amitai Mendelsohn, BEHOLD THE MAN: JESUS IN ISRAELI ART
Rosemary Radford Ruether, FAITH AND FRATRICIDE: THE THEOLOGICAL ROOTS OF ANTISEMITISM
Israel Yuval, TWO NATIONS IN YOUR WOMB: PERCEPTIONS OF JEWS AND CHRISTIANS IN LATE ANTIQUITY AND THE MIDDLE AGES
|Examination and Assignments: |
Weekly blog posts, midterm in-class exam, book review, final paper on a topic of the student's choice (8-10 pages)
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This course fulfills the "Thematic Approach" requirement for the Religion major.