MES308 Ancient Judaism and the Origins of Christianity (Spring) NOT OFFERED SPRING 2018

This course, open to all religious backgrounds, studies the history of earliest Judaism up to the Jewish diaspora of the first century; then proceeds to examine the cultural-historical conditions surrounding the birth of Christianity. Topics include essential aspects of early Judaism, such as its ethical/religious content, its cultural-geographic milieu, pagan cults and philosophy and their possible impact on monotheism; the figures of the historical Jesus and the Jesus of faith, the influence of Paul, the formation of the Gospels, and the reasons for growth till achievement of a critical mass of Christians. We end with a short introduction to the rise of Christianity during the early Middle Ages. Cross-listed with JSP/REL 308.

Department: Middle Eastern Studies

Location: Madrid

Semester: Spring

Credits: 3