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Robert Crosnoe, Chair CLA 3.306, Mailcode A1700, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-232-6300

Spring 2010

SOC 308 • Judiasm & Christianity: Soc Persp

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
46245 MW
3:30 PM-5:00 PM
RLM 7.104

Course Description

While a majority of Americans still identify as Christians, many know little about its historic roots in Judaism, about the texts that Jews and Christians share, about what Jews believe, how and why the two faiths diverged and evolved, how institutionalized Christianity addresses (or fails to seriously consider) its Jewish origins, and about how Jews and Christians have gotten along throughout history. Thus this course is an introduction to these themes, with particular attention paid to the social and historical contexts and forces which have shaped these processes up to the present day.

Grading Policy

Four exams will consist of multiple choice and true/false questions, short answer questions, and perhaps an essay question. They are all closed book. The last exam (#4) is comprehensive; the other two cover their respective sections of the course.

Exam #1 20%
Exam #2 25%
Exam #3 15%
Final Exam 40%


Levine, Amy-Jill, The Misunderstood Jew, HarperOne, 2006

Each student should also have access to a good, modern version of the Bible (preferably including the Apocrypha). The recommended versions are the New International Version (NIV), the Revised Standard Version (RSV) or the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV). A copy of the Tanakh (or Old Testament) published the Jewish Publication Society (JPS), will also prove helpful. I will be using the Tanakh (JPS) and the NIV for course purposes.

All other required readings will be posted on Blackboard.


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