James K. Wellman
History of religions, concentrating on religious traditions that have developed west of the Indus. Primary attention to the Semitic religions (Judaism, Christianity, Islam) and to their ancient world background with emphasis on basic conceptual and symbolic structures.
This course is a comparative introduction to Judaism, Christianity and Islam. While each of these traditions arose within the Middle East their influence has spread across all the continents. We will track these diverse traditions in their historical development, examing their ideas, practices and consequences on Western culture.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Lectures and dicussion sections
Curiosity about the subject and strong critical thinking skills.
Class assignments and grading
The course assignments usually consist of a midterm and a final.
Ability to express a creative and critical comprehension of class materials including the lectures, required readings and active participation in section discussions.