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History of theology in the Mediterranean basin from ancient through medieval periods.
The course will show how 8th century BCE Mediterranean notions of god came to be replaced by successively philosophical theology based largely in the notion of the perfection and unchangeability of God. Students will learn how this theology came to dominate Late Antique and Medieval notions of God far beyond the bounds of the typical places we would expect to find it (i.e., the writings of philosophers), and that even those oases of such thought (as in much of the Talmud) were probably actively resisting this dominant trend.
Students will learn the history of theology pertaining to this subject from the 8th century BCE through the 13th century CE with a special focus on their impact on Hellenistic, Jewish,and Christian theologies. In the end, students should have a better sense of the varieties of Mediterranean theologies and what motivated them to develop as they did.
Class will operate as a seminar where students are expected to participate actively in class discussions, based on having read the assignments and bringing in prepared comments and questions for discussion. Students must mark their texts with comments, take notes while reading and analyzing the sources with their study partners. Thoughtful comments, regular participation in discussion, and engaging with other students’ comments are key elements of successful class participation.
You are to write an 8-10 page research paper on a topic of your choice (pending approval by me) that directly relates to the course. Easy ways of coming up with a topic are to develop one of the units or sub-units into a paper (e.g., the theology of Ugarit, Plato, Maimonides, Aquinas, etc.) or to develop a sub-theme across units (e.g., the development of the concept of the logos from Parmenides through Plotinus, Targum, and the Gospel of John).
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