Course Syllabus

Amy Erickson, Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible and Director of the MTS Program

“By gaining greater knowledge of how others think, we can become less certain of the knowledge we think we have, which is always the first step to greater understanding.” --Julian Baggini


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Old School Syllabus

Course Description and Objectives




Willie James Jennings, The Christian Imagination: Theology and the Origins of Race. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2010.

Jon D. Levenson, Inheriting Abraham: The Legacy of the Patriarch in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2012.

Elaine Pagels, Why Religion? A Personal Story. New York: HarperLuxe, 2018.

Recommended (this means I have PDFs of the assigned chapters of these books posted, but, depending on your research interests, you might want to read one or both of these books in their entireties)

Nancy Tatum Ammerman, Sacred Stories, Spiritual Tribes: Finding Religion in Everyday Life. New York, Oxford University Press, 2013. 

David Chidester, Empire of Religion: Imperialism and Comparative Religion. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2014.

I will provide PDFs or links of all the other articles and chapters you will be asked to read.

Course Summary:

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