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FALL 2015

Israel in Jewish Theology
Israel, both the people and the land, are central to Jewish theology as concrete manifestations of God's covenants. This course will explore the evolving meanings of these concepts from the Bible to today, looking at themes like peoplehood, life in the land, exile from it, and (messianic) return. The second part of the course will focus specifically on the theologies of a range of modern Jewish thinkers, with the goal of helping students to understand aspects of contemporary Israel and its meaning to world Jewry. (Ruth Langer)

Religious Quest: Comparative Perspectives
This course explores Judaism and Christianity through their points of apparent contact as well as their differences. The fall semester focuses on Exodus and Matthew and their functions as the "master stories" of their communities, shaping self-understanding and ritual lives. (Ruth Langer)

Arendt & Buber: Loving the World
Hannah Arendt and Martin Buber articulated faiths for a love of the world and for those who inhabit it. Their thought is foundational for a philosophy and theology of politics and of the persona. (James Bernauer, S.J.)

Michel Foucault
This is a graduate seminar on "Michel Foucault." (James Bernauer, S.J.)



The Holocaust: A Moral History
The tragic event that ruptured modern western morality will be examined from a variety of perspectives. We shall study the testimony of both its victims and its perpetrators. Special attention will be given to consideration of the intellectual and moral factors which motivated resistance or excused indifference. We shall conclude with interpretations of its meaning for contemporary morality and of its theological significance for Christians and Jews. (James Bernauer, S.J.)

Religious Quest: Comparative Perspectives
This course explores Judaism and Christianity through their apparent points of contact as well as their differences. The spring semester of this course delves into the creation narratives of Genesis, studying the two communities' interpretations of the biblical text and how it and its interpretations shape people's lives. It considers such topics as birth and death, marriage and reproductive ethics, ecology, economic justice, and the Sabbath. (Ruth Langer)

Passover in Midrash & Talmud
Fundamental to any understanding of Judaism is an ability to enter into its formative literature, Midrash and Talmud, the primary texts of Jewish learning. Focusing on texts (in translation) relevant to the celebration of Passover, this course will introduce students to the rabbinic approach to Scripture and their means of making it relevant in their (and our) world. This understanding will be heightened by comparisons to early Christian modes of disclosure on the same themes. (Ruth Langer)