REL 347-001 | Spring 2018 | 3 Credit Hours
Dr. Steve Jacobs
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UA Course Catalog Prerequisites:
No prereqs found
Course Description and Credit Hours
Critical examination of the 2,000-year-old relationship focusing on areas of commonality and difference. Writing proficiency is required for a passing grade in this course. A student who does not write with the skill normally required of an upper-division student will not earn a passing grade, no matter how well the student performs in other areas of the course.
Historical study of the various points of contact and divergence between Judaism and Christianity, focusing on such topics as anti-Semitism, the Holocaust, the founding of the state of Israel, and diversity among Christian denominations.
Required Texts from UA Supply Store:
- KESSLER / INTRO TO JEWISH-CHRISTIAN RELATIONS (Required)
- KESSLER (RENTAL) / (RENTAL) INTRO TO JEWISH-CHRISTIAN RELATIONS (RENTAL)
- CHEETHAM, DAVID / UNDERSTANDING INTERRELIGIOUS RELATIONS (Required)
- CHEETHAM, DAVID (RENTAL) / (RENTAL) UNDERSTANDING INTERRELIGIOUS RELATIONS (RENTAL)
To introduce students to the complex world of Jewish-Christian relations by examining eight (8) points of tension over the 2,000 years of relationship between Christians and Jews.
Student Learning Outcomes
1. Students will be able to summarize the eight (8) points covered in class through written and oral presentations (3 chapter summaries each), as well as class discussions and additional readings. Both written and oral grading evaluation grids/rubrics are included in the full syllabus.
2. Writing proficiency within this discipline is required for a passing grade in this course. Written assignments require coherent, logical, and carefully-edited prose, and demonstrate high-level critical thinking skills, such as analysis and synthesis.
3. Students will be able to contribute to class discussions of issues of Jewish-Christian relations by submission of a well-crafted Response Paper.
4. Students will further contribute to class discussions on issues of Jewish-Christian relations through independent research papers or creative projects of their own choosing and oral presentations of their work. Both written and oral presentation grids/rubrics are included in the full syllabus.
5. Students will further demonstrate their knowledge of Jewish-Christian relations and related issues and concerns through class discussions, lecture presentations, additional readings, as well as essay-type questions contained in the Final Exam.
NOTE: Students have the option of submitting any written assignment including the Research Paper in draft form for the instructor's input prior to the assigned due date.
Other Course Materials
Additional course materials--handouts, etc.--will be either provided in hard-copy or posted on the Blackboard Course Page.
Outline of Topics
1. Hebrew Bible vs. Old Testament
2. Jewish Messiah vs. Christian Jesus
3. Land of Israel vs. Holy Land
4. Jewish Movements vs. Christian Denominations
5. Holocaust/Shoah vs. Jewish & Christian Theology
6. Rabbinic Judaism vs. Early Christianity
7. Middle East Conflict/State of Israel vs. Apocalyptic Thought
8. Jewish Outreach vs. Christian Evangelism
Exams and Assignments
3 Chapter summaries , orally led class discussions (handouts optional)
1 Response Paper, 3-5 pages, MS Word, double-spaced
1 Research Paper, 7-10 pages, MS Word double-spaced or Creative Project (cleared with instructor)
1 Final Exam--essay-type questions, typed, MS Word, double-spaced
10% = Class Participation
30% = Chapter Summaries
30% = Research Paper or Creative Project
30% = Final Exam
Policy on Missed Exams and Coursework
All make[up work will be worked out on an individual basis in consultation with the instructor.
Attendance is required unless otherwise noted on the Calendar of Meetings.
Notification of Changes
The instructor will make every effort to follow the guidelines of this syllabus as listed; however, the instructor reserves the right to amend this document as the need arises. In such instances, the instructor will notify students in class and/or via email and will endeavor to provide reasonable time for students to adjust to any changes.
Statement on Academic Misconduct
Students are expected to be familiar with and adhere to the official Academic Misconduct Policy provided in the Online Catalog.
Statement On Disability Accommodations
Contact the Office of Disability Services (ODS) as detailed in the Online Catalog.
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Pregnant Student Accommodations
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