Jews and Christianity

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Course ID: 30615
Location: On Campus

This course explores the common roots of ancient Rabbinic Judaism and early Christianity in the first five centuries CE. We will study both the theological similarities between the two movements and the ways in which they developed into distinctly different religious traditions. Topics to be covered include: reward and punishment; heaven and hell; immortality of the soul; resurrection; martyrdom; and the messiah. The Jewish background of Jesus and Paul will also be discussed. While the course concentrates primarily on the ancient period, we will also briefly discuss the strained relationship between Judaism and Christianity in the medieval world and during the Holocaust, and where that relationship is today. (Classical)