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REL 235H - Origins of the Christian Religion - Honors

(4 credits)
Prerequisite(s): Honors standing or permission of university Honors Program; students may not receive credit for both REL 235H and REL 236 .An introduction to the critical study of Christian origins and the New Testament as seen from the perspective of comparative religion. After a brief introduction to religion in the ancient Mediterranean world, the course investigates the evolution of early Christian religion from Jesus to his earliest followers in this context, with special attention to issues of myth, ritual, spirit possession, ethics, social identity, and institutional authority. Underlying themes include the relation of the first Christians to other groups of the ancient Mediterranean world, and the question of unity and diversity in the New Testament. Emphasis on close, critical analysis of primary texts. . This course may fulfill a General Education Requirement.


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