RELG475E

RELG475E

RELG 475E/RELG 500B The Use and Abuse of the Bible in Modern Contexts

An exploration of the Bible’s continued influence in today’s world, with attention to how and why the Bible continues to be recycled in so many different contexts.

RELG330

RELG 330 Origins of Judaism

This course surveys the history and literature of Jews and Judaism during the Second Temple era. It covers the formative age of Judaism, from the destruction of the First Jerusalem Temple in 586 B.C.E. to the Babylonian Exile, through the Hellenistic and Early Roman ages, to the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 C.E., and ends with the beginnings of the rabbinic movement (c. 200 C.E.). This course will also provide a broad context for the emergence of early Christianity and the so-called “parting of the ways” with Judaism. We will read from an array of primary sources (all in English translation), including the Hebrew Bible, Apocrypha, Pseudepigrapha, the Dead Sea Scrolls, Hellenistic Jewish writings (e.g. Philo and Josephus), and end with a taste of early rabbinic texts (Mishnah). We will also closely examine archaeological finds from the era, including inscriptions, remains of ancient synagogues, temples, pottery, coins, and works of ancient art.

RELG209

RELG 209 Eden to Exile: Introduction to the Hebrew Bible 

A beginner’s guide to reading the Hebrew Bible (“Old Testament”) from an academic perspective, with attention to how and why it came to be in its current form.

CLST111

CLST 111 Introduction to the history, culture, society of ancient Rome, with a focus on the period between 63 BCE and 14 CE, covering the collapse of the Roman Republic, the dictatorship of Julius Caesar, and the reign of Augustus.

Special attention will be paid to literature and art.

New book by Cillian O’Hogan

 Cillian O’Hogan’s book, Prudentius and the Landcapes of Late Antiquity, has been published by Oxford University Press. The book offers a thematic analysis of the poetry of the late Latin poet Prudentius, focusing in particular on his descriptions of the geographical and cultural landscapes of late antiquity.

 


 

Cillian O’Hogan publishes the British Library Greek Manuscripts Project

Cillian O’Hogan has an exciting new publication recently launched by the British Museum, the British Library Greek Manuscripts Project, a website containing articles on various aspects of Greek & Byzantine culture as it relates to papyri & MSS. Dr. O’Hogan designed the project, commissioned & edited the articles (& wrote a few), and wrote all the item descriptions.
A summary of the project is here.

 

Congratulations to Courtney Innes on a clutch of scholarly awards!

Courtney Innes, a Religious Studies PhD candidate, has recently received three scholarly awards; one from the Brigham Young University Religious Education Dissertation Grant; one from the Soroptimist International Scholarship Program and the Nibley Fellowship Graduate Stipend Awar.

Congratulations on the amazing trifecta!

CLST355

Classical Studies 355 (CLST 355 [3]): The Athenians and their Empire

The sources (literary, epigraphical and other) for Athens’ emergence as one of the two leading city-states in late archaic and classical Greece and the stages which her empire grew. Prerequisite: CLST 231.

 

Aims of this course:

  • examine the history and nature of the Athenian Empire
  • gain familiarity with ancient sources of the period and some contemporary scholarship
  • ancient and modern perspectives and representation: how history is imagined and created (affected by ideology and ontology)
  • the nature, objectivity and purpose of history

 

consider the following:

  • the development and nature of the empire from the 6th century BCE on
  • competing representations of that empire in ancient and modern sources
  • the empire and its effect on 5th century Greek culture
  • the relationship between the empire and Athenian democracy

Congratulations to Michael Goco for his award winning paper on Second Temple Judaism!

Michael Goco, a recent BA, has received recognition in The Undergraduate Awards, an international competition attracting papers from all over the world (5,514 papers were submitted in 25 categories). His paper , “Out of the Depths: The Development of Jewish Views of the Afterlife in Second Temple Judaism”, written for Dr. Gardner’s RELG 330: Origins of Judaism course, was placed in  the top 10% of all submissions in the Social Sciences: Anthropology & Cultural Studies category, after being assessed by a panel of academics from universities around the world.

Congratulations Michael!

New Book by Dr. Sara Milstein

 Dr. Sara Milstein’s book, Tracking the Master Scribe: Revision through Introduction in Biblical and Mesopotamian Literature (Oxford University Press) has just been published!

 

When we encounter a text, whether ancient or modern, we typically start at the beginning and work our way toward the end. In Tracking the Master Scribe, Sara J. Milstein demonstrates that for biblical and Mesopotamian literature, this habit can lead to misinterpretation.

In the ancient Near East, “master scribes”–those who had the authority to produce and revise literature–regularly modified their texts in the course of transmission. One of the most effective techniques for change was to add something new to the front, what Milstein calls “revision through introduction.” This method allowed scribes to preserve their received material while simultaneously recasting it. As a result, many biblical and Mesopotamian texts continue to be interpreted solely through the lens of their final contributions. First impressions carry weight

Tracking the Master Scribe demonstrates what is to be gained when we engage questions of literary history in the context of how scribes actually worked. Drawing upon the two earliest corpora that allow us to track large-scale change, the book provides substantial hard evidence of revision through introduction, as well as a set of detailed case studies that offer fresh insight into well-known biblical and Mesopotamian texts. The result is the first comprehensive profile of this key scribal method: one that was ubiquitous in the ancient Near East and epitomizes the attitudes of the master scribes toward the literature that they left behind.

 

 

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