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Jewish Studies (J ST)

J ST 123 (GH;IL) (CAMS 123, RL ST 123) Ancient Monotheisms: Judaism, Christianity, Islam (3) Examines the origins and early development of the three major monotheisms of the ancient Near East: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

J ST (CAMS/RL ST) 123 Ancient Monotheisms: Judaism, Christianity, Islam (3)
(GH;IL)

(BA) This course meets the Bachelor of Arts degree requirements.

This course examines the origins and early development of the three major monotheistic religions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. These three related religious traditions originate in the Near East and all center around a belief in the existence of one single god (monotheism).

The aim of the course is to describe and compare core events, major beliefs, practices, and significant historical trends in each monotheistic tradition from their respective beginnings to around 750 C.E. The course begins with the origins of Judaism, the first religion in the Near East to be monotheistic. It then examines how Christianity branched out of Judaism in ancient Palestine, as well as how Islam emerged in Arabia in the 7th century C.E. within a historical context rich in Jewish and Christian influences.

All three religions share basic beliefs about the nature of deity, the role of the written word in revelation, and prophets as messengers.
Equal emphasis will be placed on these commonalities and on the major tenets and practices that differentiate these three religions.


General Education: GH
Diversity: IL
Bachelor of Arts: Other Cultures and Humanities
Effective: Summer 2014

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.

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