Fall 2021 Introduction to Religion
Religion, as RELI-111
Formerly listed as: RELI-11
Course (Login required) Faculty Lloyd D. Barba (Section 01) Susan Niditch (Section 01) Description
This year's theme for comparative religion is “The End of the World” in Judaism and Christianity. The course examines a particular theme to focus on ways that scholars draw on contextual information to understand religious practices, ideas or beliefs, artifacts, institutions, and symbols. Jewish and Christian ideas of an end-time apocalypse offer a particularly rich matrix for comparative work. Recurring motifs variously applied and understood include expectations of cataclysm, judgment, and new creation, and definitions of the blessed saved and the irrevocably condemned. Our study will include a trajectory from ancient to contemporary sources and draw from a variety of relevant media, historical moments, and popular cultural movements.
Fall semester. Professors Barba and Niditch
Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: Class will involve discussion in the group as a whole and in smaller work groups. Assignments will include a series of brief essays and the preparation of a final independent research essay that deals with a particular modern or contemporary group whose beliefs include expectations about an end-time. Skills required for this cap-stone project will be provided throughout the semester. Students with documented disabilities who will require accommodations in this course should be in consultation with Accessibility Services and reach out to the faculty member as soon as possible to ensure that accommodations can be made in a timely manner.
Attention to Research, Attention to Speaking, Attention to Writing
Course times and locations RELI 111 - L/D Section 01 M 10:00 AM - 10:50 AM BEBU 107 W 10:00 AM - 10:50 AM BEBU 107 F 10:00 AM - 10:50 AM BEBU 107 Textbooks
Below are the textbooks used in this course, along with pricing information and availability at local bookstores. The price range shown is based upon queries to multiple online booksellers; click on the the price field to see detailed pricing information.
This is preliminary information about books for this course. Please contact your instructor or the Academic Coordinator for the department, before attempting to purchase these books.
ISBN Title Publisher Author(s) Comment Book Store Price
9780060655273 The HarperCollins Study Bible : New Revised Standard Version With the Apocryphal/Deuterocanonical Books HarperSanFrancisco Meeks, Wayne A. Required Amherst Books From $8.16-$71.72
9780130209801 Worldviews: Crosscultural Explorations of Human Beliefs Pearson Smart, Ninian Required Amherst Books From $10.17-$87.50
9780195004564 The Pursuit of the Millennium: Revolutionary Millenarians and Mystical Anarchists of the Middle Ages, Revised and Expanded Edition Oxford University Press Cohn, Norman Required Amherst Books From $7.39-$37.31
9780195091281 Ancient Israelite Religion Oxford University Press Niditch, Susan Required Amherst Books From $5.71-$59.99
9780195152050 The End of Days: Fundamentalism and the Struggle for the Temple Mount Oxford University Press Gorenberg, Gershom Required Amherst Books From $3.77-$25.98
9780199687350 Judaism: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) Oxford University Press Solomon, Norman Required Amherst Books From $5.89-$23.95
9780199687749 Christianity: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) Oxford University Press Woodhead, Linda Required Amherst Books From $5.26-$18.95
9780226323992 The Babylonian Genesis: The Story of Creation University of Chicago Press Heidel, Alexander Required Amherst Books From $4.99-$23.89
9780674951297 When Time Shall Be No More: Prophecy Belief in Modern American Culture (Studies in Cultural History) Belknap Press: An Imprint of Harvard University Press Boyer, Paul Required Amherst Books From $6.98-$41.97
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