Philosophy 0200d: Syllabus

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12 September Introductory Meeting
19 September

Readings from the Jewish and Christian Scriptures
Exodus 1-14
The Gospel of Mark
The Gospel of John

The above links are to the New Revised Standard Version. You are welcome to read whatever translation you wish.

26 September

Richard Rubinstein, "Covenant and Divinity: The Holocaust and the Problematics of Religious Faith", Parts I (djvu, double-page pdf, single-page pdf) and II (djvu, double-page pdf, single-page pdf), in After Auschwitz, pp. 157-76 and 177-200 Rachel H, Elizabeth

Amy-Jill Levine, "Matthew, Mark, and Luke: Good News or Bad?" (djvu, double-page pdf, single-page pdf), and Adele Reinhartz, "The Gospel of John: How 'the Jews' Became Part of the Plot" (djvu, double-page pdf, single-page pdf), in Jesus, Judaism, and Christian Anti-Judaism, ed by Paula Fredriksen and Adele Reinhartz Rachel K, Cara

Please also have a quick look at the following. You do not need to read all of them, but you should read some of each, so as to have a personal understanding of the depth and ferocity of Christian anti-Judaism, even in some of Christianity's most celebrated thinkers. Part XI of Luther's book is especially terrifying.

Martin Luther, On the Jews and Their Lies, Parts I and XI (HTML, PDF), and Saint John Chrysostom, Against the Jews, Homily I (HTML, PDF)

3 October

William Jones, Is God a White Racist?
Part I Cara, Siddharth
Part II, Chapters V and VI, and Part III Beatrix, Elias

10 October

No Class: Columbus Day Holiday

17 October

Paula Fredriksen, From Jesus to Christ
Parts I & II John C, Carlotta
Part III Jonathan, Bosheng

24 October

Alan Segal, Rebecca's Children
Chs. I-III Luke, Jenna
Chs. IV-VII Alex, Ben Chen

31 October

Elaine Pagels, Adam, Eve, and the Serpent
Chs. I-III Mahalia, Elizabeth
Chs. IV-VI Bosheng, Rachel K

7 November

Rita Nakashima Brock and Rebecca Ann Parker, Proverbs of Ashes
Part I Ben Chesler, Elias
Part II Luke, Jenna

14 November

Rita Nakashima Brock and Rebecca Ann Parker, Proverbs of Ashes, Part III Beatrix, Ben Chen

Jon Levenson, The Death and Resurrection of the Beloved Son, Part I John C, Emily

21 November

Jon Levenson, The Death and Resurrection of the Beloved Son
Part II Jonathan, Rachel H
Part III Siddharth, Mahalia

28 November

Elaine Pagels, Beyond Belief
Chs. 1-2 Ben Chesler, Alex
Chs. 3-5 Carlotta, Emily

5 December

Barbara Brown Taylor, Leaving Church

15 December

Final Exam Paper Due
The paper is to take the form of a short "critical review", 5-7 pages, of Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan, The First Christmas

Richard Heck Department of Philosophy Brown University

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