MIDEAST 490 - Topics in Middle East Studies
Fall 2020, Section 001
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Middle East Studies (MIDEAST)
Department: LSA Middle East Studies
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May be elected twice for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.


Paul the Apostle weighs the cumbersome reputation that indicates him as the first great systematic theologian of nascent Christianity, but also weighs the suspicion - if not the accusation - of having contributed decisively to the separation between Christianity and Judaism and to have thrown the basis of a poisonous polemic against the Torah and the people of Israel, a harbinger of prejudice, intolerance and discrimination, up to the Holocaust tragedy. And yet, there's something not quite right about this view of Paul. Among the leaders of early Jesus movement, Paul was the one who most strongly claimed his Jewishness, defended the irrevocability of the divine promises with Israel, and with more readiness reiterated the "privileges" of the Jews in the face of the zeal of the new converts among the Gentiles. This course explores the complex relation between Paul and Judaism as seen by scholars and Christian and Jewish authors.

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Two 90-minute meetings weekly


MIDEAST 490 - Topics in Middle East Studies
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001 (SEM)
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