Postgraduate Course: Themes and Explorations in Jewish-Christian Relations (REST11013)
|School||School of Divinity
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course charts the developments of Jewish-Christian relations since the French Revolution in order to enable a better understanding of the different levels of mutual interpretation. Attention will be paid to the social, political, literary and theological interpretations of Jews by Christians and of Christians by Jews. Concepts such as 'dialogue' and 'pluralism' will be problematised and examined in their historical and theological contexts. The geographical focus of this course will be Germany in the 19th and 20th centuries, broadening to the United States after World War II.
This course aims to chart the developments of Jewish/Christian relations since the French Revolution in order to enable a better understanding of the different levels of mutual interpretation. Attention will be paid to the social, political, literary and theological interpretations of Jews by Christians and of Christians by Jews. Concepts such as 'dialogue' and 'pluralism' will be problematised and examined in their historical and theological contexts. The geographical focus of this course will be Germany in the 19th and 20th centuries, broadening to the United States after World War II.
Students will read a variety of sources, such as Lessing's Nathan the Wise, Dohm's Regarding the Civic Improvement of Jews, Mendelssohn's Jerusalem, and including Jewish scholarship on Christianity and Christian scholarship on Jews in the works of prominent scholars such as Geiger and Wellhausen, Harnack, Baeck and Rosenzweig. In the post-World War II period the course will chart the development of organised Christian-Jewish dialogue in the Western World, looking at documents published by member churches of the WCC and the Roman Catholic Church as well as Jewish perceptions of Christianity as expressed in statements and contributions of individuals. Alongside these, the course will examine the expanding scholarship in Jewish/Christian relations in different academic disciplines such as Cultural Studies and Sociology.
Student Learning Experience Information:
The course consists of a two hour weekly seminar taught as a 'flipped classroom'. In the first hour students will engage in a discussion of the source text(s) for the week. To prepare students write a discussion paper for each week. The paper consists of a source analysis of set primary sources and forms the basis for class discussion. The discussion paper is a key part of the formative assessment in this course. The second hour of the seminar will take the form of a lecture to prepare students with an overview of issues relevant to the following week's source text. A class essay tests the learning outcomes for this course. Level 11 students will be taught alongside level 10 students and have an additional seminar hour every fortnight in which additional source texts can be studied or a specific historical or religious issue can be discussed in more depth.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
|Prohibited Combinations|| Students MUST NOT also be taking
Jewish Christian Relations in Modern Times (REST10034)
||Other requirements|| This course is open to taught postgraduate students in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
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On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Critically discuss major themes and works in the history of Jewish/Christian relations in modernity.
- Confidently handle key interpretive concepts of the relationship between Christians and Jews on a theological level.
- Demonstrate awareness of 'relations' of Christians and Jews beyond theological conceptualisations.
- Competently discuss concepts such as 'dialogue' and 'pluralism'.
- Demonstrate ability to identify key terms and their meanings and to demonstrate good judgement on the relative importance of bibliographical items
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|Course organiser||Dr Nina Fischer
Tel: (0131 6)50 7992
|Course secretary||Miss Suzi Higton
Tel: (0131 6)50 7227