RELIGIOUS STUDIES


RELI 104: Introduction to New Testament

Currently Offered:
2nd Summer Session 2019 (5½ weeks: June 24–July 30)

This course introduces students to the literature of the New Testament and to the faith of the early Christian communities. The study focuses on Jewish and Greco-Roman background, the proclamation of the early church, the development of the gospel traditions, the life and ministry of Jesus, the ministry and theology of Paul, developments during the post-Pauline era, and the literature of the Johannine circle.

Required Texts/Materials

  • Ehrman, The New Testament: A Historical Introduction to the Early Christian Writings, 5th edition (2011), ISBN 978-0199757534.

  • Ehrman, The New Testament and Other Early Christian Writings: A Reader, 2nd edition (2003), ISBN 978-0195154641.

Optional Texts/Materials

  • Coogan (ed.), The New Oxford Annotated Bible with Apocrypha: New Revised Standard Edition, 4th edition (2010), ISBN 978-0195289602.

You can find information on how to purchase textbooks and required materials on the Textbooks page of the Friday Center website.

Course Details

  • Instructor: Luke Drake, MA
  • Department: Religious Studies
  • Credit-granting Institution: UNC-Chapel Hill
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • A sample syllabus is not yet available.

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RELI 106: Introduction to Early Judaism

Currently Offered:
1st Summer Session 2019  (5½ weeks: May 15- June 20)
Spring Semester 2019 (January 9 - May 7)

This course surveys Jewish history and religion during the Second Temple and Rabbinic periods, from the destruction of the First Jewish Temple (Solomon’s Temple) in 586 BCE to the Muslim conquest of Palestine (640 CE).

Required Texts/Materials

  • Goldenberg, The Origins of Judaism: From Canaan to the Rise of Islam (2007), ISBN 978-0521606288

  • Schiffman, Texts and Traditions: A Source Reader for the Study of Second Temple and Rabbinic Judaism (1997), ISBN 978-0881254556

  • A copy of the Bible with Apocrypha, preferably the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV). Recommended version: ed. Coogan, et al., The New Oxford Annotated Bible, 4th edition (2010), ISBN 978-0195289602

You can find information on how to purchase textbooks and required materials on the Textbooks page of the Friday Center website.

Course Details

  • Instructor: Brian Coussens, MA
  • Department: Religious Studies
  • Credit Hours: 3
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RELI 121: Introduction to Religion and Culture

Currently Offered:
2nd Summer Session 2019 (5½ weeks: June 24–July 30)
Spring Semester 2019 (January 9 - May 7)

This is an introductory course that explores relations between religion and culture through the examination of social theory and the analysis of case studies. The case studies focus on such issues as visual culture, ritual, media, gender, and politics.

You can find information on how to purchase textbooks and required materials on the Textbooks page of the Friday Center website.

Course Details

  • Instructor: Helen Orr
  • Department: Religious Studies
  • Credit Hours: 3
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RELI 122: Introduction to Philosophical Approaches to Religion

Currently Offered:
1st Summer Session 2019  (5½ weeks: May 15- June 20)

This course provides an introduction to philosophical approaches to the study of religion, exploring such topics as religious language and experience, the problem of evil, the relation between religious belief and practice, and issues of religious diversity.

Required Texts/Materials

  • Peterson, et al., Philosophy of Religion: Selected Readings, 5th edition (2014), ISBN 978-0199303441

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RELI 140: Religion in America

Currently Offered:
1st Summer Session 2019  (5½ weeks: May 15- June 20)

This is an introduction to the history, themes, and issues in American religion from the precolonial period to the present.

Required Texts/Materials

  • Albanese, America: Religions and Religion, 5th edition (2012), ISBN 978-1133050025

You can find information on how to purchase textbooks and required materials on the Textbooks page of the Friday Center website.

Course Details

  • Instructor: Joanna Smith, MA
  • Department: Religious Studies
  • Credit Hours: 3
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RELI 161: Introduction to the History of Christian Traditions

Currently Offered:
Fall Semester 2018 (August 21–December 14)

This course examines continuities and innovations throughout Western Christian history, from Jesus’ time through early persecution of Christians, from the Crusades through the Inquisition, and from the Reformation to today’s Christian diversity in America.

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RELI 180: Introduction to Islamic Civilization

Currently Offered:
Summer 2019 (11 weeks: May 15–July 30)
Spring Semester 2019 (January 9 - May 7)

This course is an introduction to some of the major themes, issues, people, places, sights, and sounds of Islam past and present. Being an introductory course, it presumes no prior knowledge of Islam. This course is intended to highlight the manifold expressions of Islamic piety in diverse historical, cultural, and geographical contexts. Its two broad aims are, first and foremost, to provide basic knowledge of Islamic history, belief and ritual life; and secondarily, to provide knowledge necessary for critically and actively analyzing discussions of Islam in media and contemporary world events.

You can find information on how to purchase textbooks and required materials on the Textbooks page of the Friday Center website.

Course Details

  • Instructor: Micah Hughes
  • Department: Religious Studies
  • Credit Hours: 3
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RELI 183: Asian Religions

Currently Offered:
Fall Semester 2018 (August 21–December 14)

An introduction to major religions of South Asia and East Asia, such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Confucianism, Taoism, and Shintoism.

Required Texts/Materials

  • Fuller. The Camphor Flame: Popular Hinduism and Society in India, 2004. ISBN 978-0691120485

  • Lopez, ed. Asian Religions in Practice, 1999. ISBN 978-0691005133

  • Metcalf. Islam in South Asia in Practice, 2009. ISBN 978-0691044200

  • Singh Man, Numrich, and Williams. Buddhists, Hindus, and Sikhs in America: A Short History, 2007. ISBN 978-0195333114

Optional Texts

You will be assigned some required reading assignments from the following textbooks. The required portions will be made available electronically via Course Reserves/UNC Libraries, and information about how to access them is included in the course. They are available as optional texts from UNC Student Stores if you would prefer to have hard copies:

  • Keown. Buddhism: A Very Short Introduction, 1996. ISBN 978-0192853868

You can find information on how to purchase textbooks and required materials on the Textbooks page of the Friday Center website.

Course Details

  • Instructor: Timothy Smith, MA
  • Department: Religious Studies
  • Credit Hours: 3
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RELI 207: Jesus in Myth, Tradition, and History

Currently Offered:
Summer 2019 (11 weeks: May 15–July 30)

This course is an analysis of the variety of traditions used in the first two centuries to portray Jesus, focusing on the reasons for this variety and the historical and literary problems it presents.

Required Texts/Materials

  • The New Testament—a modern translation of the New Testament is required. The New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) is recommended for this course (ISBN: 978-0195289602). The RSV and NIV are also acceptable. Most other versions, however, are not appropriate for academic study (including the KJV, Good News Bible, and Living Bible). Please email the instructor at the start of the course if you have questions about a particular version.

You can find information on how to purchase textbooks and required materials on the Textbooks page of the Friday Center website.

Videos

Available at your local library, video store, library, or through Amazon or Netflix. If you are in Chapel Hill, UNC Libraries’ Media Resource Center (in the basement of the Undergraduate Library) has copies of both films.

  • Norman Jewison’s Jesus Christ Superstar (1973)
  • Martin Scorcese’s The Last Temptation of Christ (1988)

Course Details

  • Instructor: Luke Drake
  • Department: Religious Studies
  • Credit Hours: 3
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RELI 208: The Birth of Christianity

Currently Offered:
Spring Semester 2019 (January 9 - May 7)

This course is an analysis of the origin of the Christian Church and the earliest stages of its expansion with particular emphasis on the problems evident in the shift from a Jewish to a Gentile framework. Paul’s role and contribution in defining and resolving the issues will be considered in detail and evaluated in the light of subsequent events.

You can find information on how to purchase textbooks and required materials on the Textbooks page of the Friday Center website.

Course Details

  • Instructor: Luke Drake
  • Department: Religious Studies
  • Credit Hours: 3
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RELI 236: Religious Things

Currently Offered:
1st Summer Session 2019  (5½ weeks: May 15- June 20)
Spring Semester 2019 (January 9 - May 7)

*Note: This course is offered in a blended format. Although the majority of the work is completed online, you will be required to attend two class sessions at local museums listed below.

An introduction to religion and visual culture in the United States. The course focuses on painting, ritual objects, and architecture.

You can find information on how to purchase textbooks and required materials on the Textbooks page of the Friday Center website.

Required Class Meetings

In addition to the online portion of the course, there will be two required face-to-face class meetings:

  • Dates to be determined.

Course Details

  • Instructor: Nathan Schradle
  • Department: Religious Studies
  • Credit Hours: 3
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