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SCTR 19 - "Religions of the Book" - Winter 2007

Fr. Felix Just, S.J.
Dept. of Religious Studies, Santa Clara University

Schedule of Readings & Assignments

Abbreviations:

  • Hst = Historical Topics; Scr = Scriptural Texts; B&P = Beliefs & Practices; HB = Hebrew Bible; OT = Old Testament; NT = New Testament;
  • CSB = Catholic Study Bible; RG = “Reading Guides” in the front of the CSB; VSI = Very Short Introduction (thin textbooks from Oxford University Press)
  • ERes = Electronic Reserves (readings online through the SCU Library); HO = printed handouts.

Reminders: All primary and secondary readings should be done before you come to class each day (except the first day, of course); check this webpage daily for online readings.

NOTE: ALMOST EVERYTHING AFTER JAN. 31 HAS BEEN SHIFTED ONE DAY LATER (compared to the original printed schedule)

Readings & Resources for March 7 to 16 - jump to SECTION 1 below, or jump to SECTION 2 below.

Date

Main Topics

Primary Readings

Secondary Readings

Resources, etc.

M-1/8
(Baptism
of Jesus
)

Course Introduction:
* Texts & Resources; Scriptural References
* Context & Content: Historical & Literary

HB: Genesis 1:1-31
NT: Matthew 1:1-18
Qur’an: Surah 1:1-7

Course Syllabus & Website
CSB: Contents (pp. v-xix)

*Biblical References
*Relig. Studies Resources

W-1/10

Preliminary Considerations:
* Defs: Religion, Faith, Theisms, Scripture, Bible, etc.
* Rels. of the Book, Abrahamic, Monotheistic, Western?

HB: Deuteronomy 6:1-25
NT: Mark 1:1-45
Qur’an: Surah 96:1-19

ERes: Kessler, “What Is Religion?”
RG 3-9 – General Intro
Qur’an: Prefaces, ix-xiv

Form Student Groups
*Religion.htm also PPT
*Biblical Glossary

F-1/12

Intro to ISRAELITE RELIGION: Family of Abraham
Scr: Book of Genesis
B&P: Covenant & Circumcision; Land & Inheritance

Skim: Genesis 1–50
Focus: Gen 9, 12, 15–18, 21–23, 25

RG 10-12 – Texts & Background
ERes: Bowley, “Beginnings of the Bible”

RG 30-53 – Hist & Arch. (skim)

*Western-Rel.htm or PPT
*Abraham and Covenants
* Middle East Geography

M-1/15

HOLIDAY: Martin Luther King, Jr.

. . .

W-1/17
7:30 pm:
Reza Aslan

Hst: Moses & the Exodus
Scr: Torah (Law / Instruction / Teaching)
B&P: Monotheism & Idolatry

Skim: Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy
Focus: Exod 1–3, 11–12, 19–20, 32–34

RG 68-75 – Bible Translations
RG
85-90, skim 91-99 – Pentateuch
RG 115-125 – Exodus

*Bible Translations
*Israelite History

F-1/19
(1/20:
Muharram
)

Hst: The Israelite Monarchy; David & Jerusalem
Scr: Nevi’im (Former & Latter Prophets)
B&P: Temple & Sacrifice; Priesthood & Prophecy

Skim: Joshua, Judges, 1 & 2 Samuel, 1 & 2 Kings;
Skim: Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, 12 Minor Prophets
Focus: 2 Sam 5–7; 1 Kgs 6, 8, 12; 2 Kgs 18, 22–25

RG 149, 156, 169, 183 – Deut. Hist.
CSB-OT 928-30 – Intro Major Prophets
RG 344-45 – Minor Prophets

Propose Site Visits
*Biblical Genres
*Prophecy

M-1/22

1) Exam 1: Religion Intro & Israelite Religion
2) Intro to JUDAISM: People & Covenant
Hst: Exile & Restoration; Second Temple Period
Scr: Khetuvim (Writings)

.
Skim: Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther, 1 & 2 Chronicles
Focus: Esther 6–10

.
Judaism VSI: Intro & Ch. 1
RG 199, 203, 207, 211 – Chron. Hist.
RG 222-225 – Esther

EXAM 1
 
*Judaism: Overview

*Jewish History

W-1/24

Hst: Hellenistic Judaisms: Judea& Diaspora
Scr: Hebrew Bible (HB) & Septuagint (LXX)
B&P: Politics & Religion; Assimilation vs. Resistance

Skim: Deuterocanonical Books (T.J. McWEB)
Focus: 1 Macc 1–4 (compare 2 Macc 4–10)
Focus: Daniel 1–2, 7–9, 13

Judaism VSI: Ch. 2 (focus) & 3 (skim)
RG 226-234 – Maccabees
RG 336-343 – Daniel

*Heb/Xtian Bibles and PPT
*Hellenistic Era Rulers
*Book of Daniel

F-1/26

Hst: Rabbinic Judaism: Surviving post-70 CE
Scr: Written & Oral Torah (Tanak; Mishnah & Talmud)
B&P: Mitzvot: Ethics, Rituals, Food, Sex, etc.

Skim: Mishnah & Talmud (online intros)
Focus: compare Exod 20 & Deut 5
Focus: Lev 11 (skim Lev 17–26); Deut 14–16

Judaism VSI: Ch. 6 & 9
RG 125-133 – Leviticus
RG 141-148 – Deuteronomy

Select Project Topics
*Decalogue
*Judaisms in 2nd Temple Era

M-1/29
(Ashura)

Hst: Medieval & Modern Judaism: Prayer & Worship
Scr: Hebrew Bible in Jewish Liturgy
B&P: Hebrew Calendar; Feasts & Festivals

Skim: Psalms, Song of Songs
Focus: Psalms 1–2; 148–150; Lamentations 1–5

Judaism VSI: Ch. 4 & 5
RG 243-254 – Psalms
ERes: Szlakmann, “Sabbath/Festivals”

*Psalms
*Festivals and Feasts (ppt)

W-1/31

Hst: Contemporary Judaism: Groups & Branches
Scr: Interpretations of the Hebrew Scriptures
B&P: Variety in Contemporary Jewish Beliefs

Skim: Job, Ecclesiastes, Proverbs
Focus: Ruth 1–4; Prov 1–4, 30–31

Judaism VSI: Ch. 7 & 8 & Appndx A & B
RG 164-169 – Ruth
ERes: Schoen, “Branches of Judaism”

Guest Speaker:
Rabbi Dana Magat,
Temple Emanu-El

F-2/2
(2/3: Tu
B'Shevat
)

Wrap-Up/Review of Judaism:
History, Scriptures, Beliefs, Practices
Varieties & Branches: Ancient & Modern

Review all the above, esp.
Gen 1, 15-17; Exod 12, 32-34; Lev 23; Deut 5-6
Catch up on any readings not yet done.
 
Review PPT (student restricted access)
*About Judaism (offsite)
*review all the above,
esp. the bolded pages

M-2/5

1) Exam 2 on Judaism
2) Intro to CHRISTIANITY: Messiah & Gospel
Overview of NT, Jesus, and Christianity Today

.
x

.
Christianity VSI: Intro
ERes: “Christianity” (optional)

EXAM 2
*Christianity: Overview
*Christian History

W-2/7

Hst: Jesus’ Public Ministry, Passion & Death
Scr: Gospel according to Mark
B&P: Christology & Discipleship

Read carefully: Gospel of Mark (all 16 chs.)

Christianity VSI: Ch. 1 & Ch. 2 (shift)
RG 387-89, skim 390-97 – Mark
ERes: Metzger, “NT Canon”

*NT Canon and PPT
*NT Christology and PPT
*Disciples / Apostles

F-2/9

Hst: Jesus’ Birth & Resurrection
Scr: Canonical & Non-Canonical Gospels
B&P: Prayer & Worship; Feasts & Festivals

Skim: Gospels of Matthew, Luke, John
Focus: Matt 1–2; Luke 1–2; John 1
Focus: Matt 28; Luke 24; John 20-21

Christianity VSI: Ch. 3; Ch. 1 & 2
RG 371-72, 373f, 397f, 412f – Gospels
RG 76-84 – Bible in the Lectionary

*Four Gospels
*Jesus' Birth & Resurrection
*Lectionary/Liturgy & PPT

M-2/12

! Meet at 9:15 or 11:45 at St. Clare Church,
941 Lexington St. (just behind Nobili Hall)

Hst: Early Christianity: Christology & Creeds
Scr: Acts of the Apostles & Letters of Paul
B&P: Church Structure & Ministry

Skim: Acts; Romans through Philemon
Focus: Acts 1–4, 10–11, 15–16; Gal 1–3

Christianity VSI: Ch. 3 & 4
RG 423-26, 439-41 – Acts & Paul
RG 16-29 – Bible in Catholic Life

Church Visit
*Christian Creeds
*Branches of Christianity

W-2/14

Hst: Christian Growth & Divisions Worldwide
Scr: Catholic/General Epistles
B&P: Sacraments & Life-Cycle Events

Skim: Hebrews through Jude
Focus: John 3; 1Cor 11–14; Heb 1; James 1–5

Christianity VSI: Ch. 5 & 6
RG 496-501 – Hebrews
RG 501-06 – James

*Eucharist
*Xn Liturgy: Biblical Bkgrnd
*Sacraments & PPT

F-2/16

Hst: Contemporary Christianity
Scr: Apocalypse/Revelation
B&P: Ethics & Eschatology

Skim: Book of Revelation
Focus: Matt 5–7, 25
Focus: 1Thess 4; 2Peter 3; Rev 1, 19–22

Christianity VSI: Ch. 7 & Conclusion
RG 510-12 – 2 Peter
RG 520-24 – Revelation

*Faith & Works & Ethics PPT
*Apocalypse
*Eschatology
& PPT

M-2/19

HOLIDAY: Presidents’ Day

. . .

W-2/21
(Ash Wed.)

1) Exam 3 on Christianity
2) Intro to ISLAM: Message & Messenger
Overview of Qur’an, Muhammad, and Islam Today

.
Skim: Qur’an, Contents (pp. xxv – lxii)
Review: Qur’an 1:1-7

.
Islam VSI: Ch. 1 – Islam & Islamism
HO: Discover Islam

EXAM 3
*Islam: Overview
*Qur'an Overview

F-2/23

Hst: Muhammad’s Life & Preaching in Makka
Scr: Qur’an – early surahs in Makka
B&P: Pillars of Muslim Belief: God, Prophets, Afterlife

Skim: Qur’an 67 – 114
Focus: Qur’an 96, 97, 106, 107, 112; 75, 88, 92

Islam VSI: Ch. 2 – Qur’an & Prophet
ERes: Cook, “Message of the Koran”
Website:
99 Names of Allah

*Life of Muhammad
*Islamic Beliefs & PPT

M-2/26

Hst: Muhammad & the Muslim Community in Madinah
Scr: Qur’an – later surahs in Madinah
B&P: Pillars of Muslim Practice: Prayer & Worship

Skim: Qur’an 2 – 7
Focus: Qur’an 2:122-152, 183-203, 261-281

Islam VSI: Appendix – Five Pillars
Qur’an: Ali’s Intro (pp. 1-12)

Site Visit Reports Due
*Pillars of Practice & PPT
*Islamic Calendar & Feasts

W-2/28

Hst: The Early Muslim Community after Muhammad
Scr: Compilation of the Qur’an & Hadith Literature
B&P: Prophets, Successors, Leaders

Skim: Qur’an 8 – 16
Focus: Qur’an 8:1-37, 65-75; 14:1-52

Islam VSI: Ch. 3 – Divine Unicity
HO: Islam Introduction

Submit Project Readings
*Islamic History (cont.)

F-3/2

(3/4: Purim)

Hst: The Expansion of Islam
Scr: Interpretation of the Qur’an
B&P: Islamic Law & Ethics

Skim: Qur’an 17 – 29
Focus: Qur’an 22:1-48; 24:1-34

Islam VSI: Ch. 4 & 5 – Shari’a & Women

Guest Speaker:
Maha ElGenaidi,
Islamic Networks Group

M-3/5

Hst: Muslims in the World Today
Scr: Use of the Qur’an in Islam
B&P: Inter-religious Dialogue, Conflict, Extremism

Skim: Qur’an 30 – 66
Focus: Qur’an 41:1-54; 44:1-59

Islam VSI: Ch. 6 – Two Jihads

*PBS: Islam (offsite)
*Islamic Glossary

W-3/7

1st half) Exam 4 on Islam
2nd half) Group Presentations begin (see below ):

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[see tables below]

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[see tables below]

EXAM 4

 

Group Presentations SECTION 1 (9:15 – 10:20 a.m.)

Date Main Topics Primary Readings Secondary Readings / Resources
W-3/7 Fr. Just & PEs:
* Prophets in Bible &
Qur'an (PPT)
HB: Deuteronomy 18:9-22; 34:9-12; Isaiah 6:1-10; 61:1-11; Malachi 3:1-5, 16-24
NT:
Mark 9:2-13; Luke 4:14-30; Hebrews 1:1-5; 3:1-19; re-read John 1:1-51
Qur’an:
3:42-60; 4:150-173; 5:109-120; 6:84-90
1) Judaism 101: Prophets
2) FJ: Biblical Prophecy
3) Alislam.org: Prophets
F-3/9 Group 5:
* Abraham & Family
(PPT)
HB: review Genesis 12:1-9; 15:1--18:15; 21:1-21; 22:1-18; 25:1-18
NT:
John 8:31-59; Acts 7:1-8; Galatians 3:1-18; 4:21-31; skim Romans 4:1-25
Qur’an:
Surahs 6:74-83; 11:69-76; 37:83-113; re-read 2:130-142
1) EncyclOrient: "Abraham/Ibrahim"
2) FJ: "The Family of Abraham"
3) IQRA: "Prophet Ibrahim"
F-3/9 Group 4:
* Jerusalem / Holy Land
(PPT)
HB: Focus: Psalm 68:1-32; 1Chronicles 11:1-11; 2Chronicles 7:12-22
       Review: Genesis 12:1-9; Exodus 3:4-17; 2Kings 25; Daniel 9:1-27
NT: Focus: Matthew 16:21-23; 23:37-39; 24:1-2; Luke 2:22-45; Hebrews 12:18-24
       Review: Matthew 1:1-17; Revelation 21:2-21
Qur'an: Focus: Surahs 2:47-62; 5:51-56; 17:1-10; 33:21-27; 60:1-6
Focus:
1) CNN: "View From the WestbanK"
2) CNN: "Holy Lands: State of Israel"

Optional: 3) Wiki: "Holy Land"
4) MidEastWeb: "Israel & Palestine: Brief History"
M-3/12 Group 3:
* Women in HB, NT, and
Qur’an (PPT)
HB: Ruth 1:16-18; 2:11-13; 4:13-17; Esther 2:16-17; 3:5-6; 4:7-9; 4C:22-30; 8:3-12;
       Judges 4--5; Numbers 26:59; Exodus 15:20-21
NT:
Luke 1:39-66; 7:36-50; 10:38-42; John 4:4-26
Qur’an:
3:35-37, 42-51; 19:16-29; 21:91 & 66:12; 33:28-34, 50-55, 59; 3:195 & 33:35
1) Oxf.Comp.Bible: "Women: Overview"
2) Oxf.Comp.Bible: "Women in Early Xnty"
3) Wiki: "Women in the Quran"
M-3/12 Group 6:
* Women in Western Religions
Today (PPT)

HB: Isaiah 46:1-13; 49:14-18; 66:10-13; review Proverbs 31:1-31
NT: Galatians 3:23-29; 1 Corinthians 11:3-16; 14:26-40; 1 Timothy 2:1-15
Qur'an: Surahs 24:1-34 and 65:1-11

1) Oxf.Ref.Online: Companion to Judaism: Women
2) Oxf.Dict.Christian Church: Ordination of Women
3) Oxf.Dict.Islam: Women & Islam
W-3/14 Group 1:
* Sexual Norms & Practices
(PPT)
HB: Gen 1:26-31; Lev 18:19-23; 20:10-24; Prov 5:15-21; Ezek 16:35-45
NT:
Matt 5:27-32; John 8:1-11; 1Cor 6:9-20; Hebrews 13:1-7; 1 Peter 3:1-7

Qu'ran: Surah 2:20-27; 4:20-25, 55-59; 33:1-6; 66:1-12; 78: 20-35
1) About: "Sex in Judaism"
2) ChristianAdvice: "Sexuality"
3) Wiki: "Religion and Sexuality"
W-3/14 Group 2:
* Marriage Rites & Expectations
(PPT)
HB: Gen 2:18-24; Deut 22:13-28; 24:1-5; 25:5-10; Nehemiah 13:23-27;
       Proverbs 18:22; Hosea 2:21-25; Malachi 2:13-17
NT: Mark 10:1-12; Romans 7:1-13; 1Corinthians 7:1-16, 25-40;
       2 Corinthians 6:14-18; Ephesians 5:21-33
Qur’an: 2:187, 221, 227-242; 4:3-4, 19-25, 34-35, 128-130; 7:189;
       24:3, 26, 32-33; 33:37, 49-50; 58:1-4; 60:10-11; 64:14
1)Temple Emanu-El: “Jewish Life Cycles:Marriage”
2) XnAns: “Husband of one wife?”
3) USC-MSA: “Marriage”
F-3/16 Fr. Just & PEs:
* Inter-Religious Dialogue
HB: Psalms 24:1-10; 47:1-10; 72:1-19;  Isa 66:18-23
NT:
Romans 11:1-36; re-read Matt 28:16-20; Acts 1:8; 2:1-11; skim Acts 9:1--11:30
Qur’an:
Surahs 2:104-121; 23:42-50; 98:1-8; 109:1-6
1) Rabbi Rosen: Inter-Religious Dialogue
2) Vatican II: Nostra Aetate

3) First Contact between Christian & Muslim
F-3/16 Course Summary & Review . .
M-3/19 FINAL EXAM: Section 1 9:10 a.m. – 12:10 p.m. Final Exam Study Guide

 

Group Presentations SECTION 2 (11:45 a.m. – 12:50 p.m.)

Date Main Topics Primary Readings Secondary Readings / Resources
W-3/7 Group 5:
* Prophets: Moses, Jesus,
Muhammad (PPT)
HB: Numbers 10:33-36; Joshua 1:1-11; 1 Samuel 3:1-21; 7:1-6; 12:1-5; 28:12-19; Jeremiah 11:1-8
NT: Mark 3:13-19, 6:1-16, 9:2-13; Luke 4:14-30; re-read John 1:1-51
Qur'an: 3:42-60; 4:163-171; 6:84-90; skim 21:68-112
1) Judaism 101: Prophets
2) Wayne Blank: Prophets
3) Alislam.org: Prophets
F-3/9 Group 4:
* Abraham & Family
(PPT)
HB: Genesis 11:27-32; 15:1-21; 16:1-16; 17:1-27; 21:1-21; 22:1-24; 25:1-18
NT: Matthew 1:1-17; Romans 4:1-25; Galatians 3:1-18; 4:21-31; Hebrews 11:8-22
Qur'an: Surahs 2:124-141; 3:64-97; 4:163-171; 6:74-90; 11:69-73; 37:83-113
1) BBC: Judaism: Abraham (4 short pages)
2) NewCathEncycl: Abraham

3) BBC: Abraham in Islam
F-3/9 Group 2:
* Jerusalem / Holy Land
(PPT)
HB: review Genesis 12:1-9; 15:18-21; 2Sam 7:1-17; 2Kings 25:1-12; Daniel 9:24-27
       focus/new: Nehemiah 2:11-20; Zechariah 1:14-17; Psalms 74 & 79

NT: Luke 21:1-38; 24:1-49; John 2:13-22; 11:55-57
Qur'an: Surah 2:125-127, 142-150; 3:96-97; 5:22-23, 97; 14:35-37; 17:1-7, 104; 22:26; 95:1-8;106:3
1) Wiki: Religious Significance_of_Jerusalem
    (3 parts: Judaism, Christianity, Islam)
2) A&E: World Heritage Sites: Jerusalem
    (3 parts: read whole article)
3) Muslim Scholar on Islam & Jerusalem
M-3/12 Group 3:
* Women in HB, NT, and Qur’an
(PPT)

HB: Genesis 12:10-19; 16:1-16; Judith 8:1-36; 9:1-14; 13:4-10; 14:1-5;
      skim Judges 4--5; reread/skim Esther
NT:
Matt 9:18-22; Mark 7:24-30; Luke 1:26-38; 7:36-50; 21:1-4; 23:26-31;
       John 4:4-42; 8:1-11; 1Timothy 2:11-15
Qur’an:
3:35-47; 4:19-25; 4:34; 4:127; 19:1-29; 21:89-91; 24:30-31

1) NewCathEncycl: "Women in the Bible"
    (search for article by title)

2) "Women in the Qur'an"

M-3/12 Group 1:
* Women in Western Religions
Today (PPT)
HB: Exodus 4:24-26; 2 Kings 22:8-17; Ruth 1:7-18; Esther 1:12-20; 2:1-4; 4:12-32
NT: Luke 1:39-45; Acts 2:1-21; Ephesians 5:21-32; 6:1-9; 1 Peter 3:1-7
Qur’an:
2:226-242; 3:190-200; 4:15-34; 24:27-34; 33:53-68
1) Judaism 101: The Role of Women
2) Wiki: Women in Christianity
3) Islam, Culture and Women
W-3/14 Group 7:
* Sexual Norms & Practices
(PPT)

HB: Gen 1:24-31; Exod 20:12-17; Lev 20:10-22; Jer 23:9-14; Hosea 2:1-25
NT: Matt 5:27-32; Luke 16:18; John 8:1-11; 1Cor 6:9-20; Gal 5:16-26; 1Thess 4:3-8
Qur'an: 4:15-24, 43; 5:6; 17:31-32; 23:1-8; 24:1-10; 24:32-33

1) Wiki: "Religion and Sexuality"
2) Judaism 101: "Kosher Sex"
3)
Columbia Encyclopedia: "Celibacy"
W-3/14 Group 6:
* Marriage Rites & Expectations
(PPT)
HB: Genesis 2:18-24; 24:34-41; 29:15-30; Exod 2:11-25
NT:
Matthew 22:1-33; Mark 10:1-12; 12:18-27; 1 Corinthians 7:1-16; Hebrews 13:1-8
Qur’an:
2:221-237; 4:3-13, 19-25, 34-35, 128-130; 7:189; 23:6; 24:26; 25:54; 30:21; 60:10
1) Judaism 101: Marriage
2) Deacon Ministry: Christianity & Marriage
3) Woman in Islam: Marriage in Islam
F-3/16 Group 8:
* Inter-Religious Dialogue
(PPT)
HB: Psalms 2:1-12; 25:1-22 (?); 47:1-10
NT:
Romans 9:1-24, 30-33; 11:1-10; Acts 9:1-22
Qur’an:
Surahs 2:104-121; 23:23-50; 98:1-8; 109:1-6
1) Vatican II: Nostra Aetate
2) Rabbi Rosen: Inter-Religious Dialogue
3) First Contact between Christian & Muslim
F-3/16 Course Summary & Review . .
M-3/19 FINAL EXAM: Section 2 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. Final Exam Study Guide

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