ILS syndicates bring together related classes across campus. Syndicates aim at fostering interdisciplinary conversation between faculty and students with overlapping interests. The 2018-2019 theme is Philosophy and the Bible, and the classes offered during the fall semester are listed below.
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Philosophy and the Bible
ILS 234 Genres of Western Religious Writing (b_HIC) – Ulrich Rosenhagen – 3cr
Writing intensive course based on the conventions in which Western writers have expressed religious ideas. Readings from Jewish, Christian, and other spiritualities. This course introduces some key aspects of Jewish, Christian, and Islamic thought and historical experience by exploring a range of texts from antiquity to the modern era. We begin by considering major themes in the sacred scriptures of each religion – themes conveyed via such literary genres as narrative, law, prophecy, gospel, epistle, apocalyptic, and poetry – with a focus on ways in which later texts interact with earlier ones. The middle unit of the course examines different approaches, in the medieval and early modern periods, to knowing and experiencing the divine. We will consider how monotheistic thinkers drew on Greek ideas about reason and knowledge, and we will read bits of philosophical theology, mystical writing, and polemical treatises on the nature of religious and intellectual authority. In the final course unit we will read two spiritual autobiographies and a novel to explore relationships among religious tradition, identity and the search for meaning in the modern world.
ILS 371 Introduction to Biblical Literature (LI) – Jeremy Hutton – 3cr
Introduction to the literature and literary history of the Old Testament, Apocrypha, Dead Sea Scrolls, Talmud, and Midrashim.
ILS 371 Early Christian Literature: Matthew-Revelation (HLI) – Corrie Norman – 3cr
An exploration of Christianity’s character documents in the light of what modern scholarship has discovered about the New Testament’s sociohistorical context, composition, theologies, and presentations of Jesus.