Syllabus

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Introduction to Course

Jan 23 - Introduction to Course and Requirements

Ancient Israelite Religion and Judaism

Jan 25 - Genesis 1-9

Jan 27 - Genesis 10-20

Jan 30 - Genesis 21-36; Handout: Hebrew Bible - Outline; Handout: Christian Old Testament - Outline

Feb 1 - Genesis 37-end

Feb 3 - Exodus 1-10

Feb 6 - Exodus 11-24:11

Feb 8 - Exodus 24:12-end

Feb 10 - I Samuel 1-14

Feb 13 - I Samuel 15-21; II Samuel 1-8

Feb 15 - I Kings 1-9:25; II Kings 24:8-25:30

Feb 17 - Lamentations 1-5; Leviticus 11

Feb 20 - A Talmudic Journey Begins (audio - 22 minutes); Is Thinking about Pork a Sin?; Abraham, Patriarchs, Torah; Cutting Hair, Rending Garments

Feb 22 - Close Encounters with the Talmud (audio - 23 minutes); David P. Goldman, "How Michael Wyschogrod taught me to eat like a Jew"; Are Dinosaurs Kosher?

Feb 24 - Midterm 1 - Judaism [Study Guide (updated version posted 6:05PM, Feb. 22)]

Christianity

Feb 27 - Luke 1-9

Mar 1 - Luke 10-24

Mar 3 - Matthew 1-7; Mark 1-5

Mar 6 - John 1-12

Mar 8 - Acts 1-5

Mar 10 - Acts 6-15

Mar 20 - Acts 16-end

Mar 22 - Galatians

Mar 24 - Romans 1-11

Mar 27 - Athanasius, On the Incarnation of the Word (1) (selections)

Mar 29 - Athanasius, On the Incarnation of the Word (2) (selections); Nicean Creed; Chalcedonian Creed

Mar 31 - David Lake, "The Creator"

Apr 3 - Midterm 2 - Christianity [Study Guide (updated version posted Mar 31, 7:05PM - reload page if you're having trouble seeing the new version)]

Islam

Apr 5 - "Beginnings of Islam"

Apr 7 - Ibn Ishaq, Sirah, Selection 1

Apr 10 - Ibn Ishaq, Sirah, Selection 2

Apr 12 - Ibn Ishaq, Sirah, Selection 3

Apr 17 - Ibn Ishaq, Sirah, Selection 4

Apr 19 - Qur'an, Surah Mary (19)

Apr 21 - Qur'an, Surah Joseph (12)

Apr 24 - Qur'an, Surah of the Cow [al-Baqarah] (first half)

Apr 26 - Qur'an, Surah of the Cow [al-Baqarah] (second half)

Apr 28 - Malik, Kitab al-Talaq, Hadith on Divorce

May 1 - Malik, Kitab al-Zakat, Hadith on Zakat

May 3 - Ibn Rushd, Distinguished Jurist's Primer, Book of Divorce - FIX LINK

May 5 - Ibn Rushd, Distinguished Jurist's Primer, Book of Zakat - FIX LINK

Last Day of Class

May 8 - concluding matters; review for final

Final Exam

May 15 (11:30PM-2:30PM) - Midterm 3 - Islam [Study Guide (updated version posted Friday, May 5, 7:05PM)]