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REL 316 Overview

This course introduces students to the writings of the Bible and the Qur’an as products of their original historical and religious setting, as well as foundational documents for Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Using historical-critical and comparative methodologies, the various texts and their representative traditions will be studied as interpretive responses to the life situations of Jews, Christians, and Muslims in the ancient world and normative forming texts of respective religions thereafter. While many faith communities understand these writings as a source of divine guidance, the primary focus of this course is the academic study of the text as it was intended for its original audience. In the spirit of the Second Vatican Council, this course will seek areas of common ground between these text traditions and the religious worldviews that they represent.

  • 3.00 Credits
  • REL