COURSES APPLICABLE TO THE MAJOR OR MINOR IN RELIGIOUS STUDIES
Death and the Afterlife: in the Bible and Ancient Judaism HBRJD-UA 949, Bacchus (5/22/2023 - 7/5/2023) Monday, Wednesday, 11:00am-2:00pm. Class #4799. 4 pts. KJCC Rm. 109. Must register for 4 points in order to count for major/minor.
It is often remarked that death is the only certainty of life, yet there remains much to say about how death is understood beyond its biological fact. This course surveys concepts of death and the afterlife in the Bible and ancient Jewish sources. Potential topics include: necromancy (communicating with the dead), sacrifice, burial, care for the dead, judgement of the soul, martyrdom, and resurrection. Throughout, we will also consider some of the earliest literary reflections of heaven, hell, and the End of Time and contextualize the development of these ideas within their historical and cultural contexts.
Greek and Roman Mythology RELST-UA.404 (Same as CLASS-UA.404 Section 1), Meisl (5/22/2023 - 7/5/2023) MTWR, 9:30am-11:05am. Class #2217. 4 pts. Bobst, LL139
Discusses the myths and legends of Greek mythology and the gods, demigods, heroes, nymphs, monsters, and everyday mortals who played out their parts in this mythology. Begins with creation, as vividly described by Hesiod in the Theogony, and ends with the great Trojan War and the return of the Greek heroes. Special emphasis on the return of Odysseus, as related by Homer in the Odyssey.