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Courses on the World's Religions

The Bible: An Introduction

An introduction to major books in the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament. Attention is given to literary techniques, issues resulting from translation from the original Hebrew and Greek, and the different historical periods that produced and are reflected in the Bible.

The New Testament History & Literature

This e-course from Yale provides a historical study of the origins of Christianity, analyzing literature of the earliest Christian movements in historical context, particularly the New Testament. A central focus of the class will be the differences within early Christianity.

Latino Theology and
Christian Tradition

This course examines the development of Latino religion and theology in the United States and how U.S. Latina and Latino theologians have articulated the meaning and implications for Christian living of core theological topics such as Christology, worship, evangelization and social justice.

Politics and Religion

This e-course explores the role of religion, religious groups and ideas, and their effect on politics from a social science pespective. Learners will also examine the role of religious actors, institutions and ideologies in policy making, state-building, politics, conflict, war and other political processes.

Intro to the Old Testament
(Hebrew Bible)

An overview of the Old Testament (Hebrew Bible) as an expression of the religious life and thought of ancient Israel, and a foundational document of Western civilization. Special emphasis is placed on the Bible against the backdrop of its historical and cultural setting in the Ancient Near East.

Islam: Religion, History
and Culture

This course explores the Islamic societies of the Middle East and North Africa, from their origins to the present day. We will examine the history and expansion of Islam, both as a world religion and civilization, from its birth in the Arabian peninsula in the 7th century to its spread throughout the world.

Religious Architecture and
Islamic Cultures

An introduction to the history of Islamic cultures through their most vibrant material signs: the religious architecture that spans 14 centuries and three continents. We will explore Islamic architecture both as a historical tradition and a cultural catalyst that influenced and was influenced by the civilizations with which it came in contact.

Islam, the Middle East
and the West

An overview of basic themes and issues in Middle Eastern history, from the rise of Islam to the present. The course particularly focuses on the encounters and exchanges between the Middle East (North Africa and Southwest Asia) and the West (Europe and the United States).
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