Shalom Goldman

Pardon Tillinghast Professor of Religion

 
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Courses

Course List: 

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ENGL 7480 - Thrillers War EspionageTreason      

Summer 2017 - BLSE

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ENGL 7710 - The Five Books of Moses      

World Literature

Summer 2019 - BLSE

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ENGL 7736 - Arabian Nights      

World Literature

Summer 2016 - BLSE, Summer 2017 - BLSE

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ENGL 7891 - Independent Reading Project      

Summer 2017 - BLSE

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HARC 0241 / RELI 0241 - Ancient Egypt: Art & Religion      

Art and Religion of Ancient Egypt
With its pyramids and mummies, the civilization of Ancient Egypt and its obsession with the afterlife loom large in the contemporary imagination. In this introductory course we explore Egyptian art and religion and study the driving forces for Egypt’s cultural continuity and change between c. 3200 BCE and 30 BCE. We also consider the impact of Ancient Egypt on later civilizations; its rediscovery during the 19th and early 20th centuries; and the reception of Ancient Egypt as a factor in the formation of modern Egypt. 3 hrs. Lect. AAL MDE

Fall 2017, Fall 2018

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RELI 0100 - Introduction to Religion      

Introduction to Religion
Why is religion a significant element in human life and affairs? What roles does religion play in the lives of individuals and communities? And what is religion anyway? Drawing on Western and Asian traditions, we will take a comparative approach to these questions, examining how religious traditions can differ and converge. Throughout the course, we will introduce the basic vocabulary and analytical tools of the academic study of religion. We will also consider how both scholars and practitioners make sense of religion and debate its role in societies past and present. 3 hrs. lect./disc CMP PHL

Spring 2017

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RELI 0132 / JWST 0132 - The Ten Commandments      

The Ten Commandments
After a grounding in the narratives of Genesis and Exodus (and an examination of those books’ understanding of the Law) we will move on to study the two versions of the Commandments—one in Exodus and one in Deuteronomy. We will then proceed to the history of interpretation of the Commandments, both as a unit unto themselves and as part of the general system of biblical law. Special attention will be paid to the differences between Rabbinic Judaism's understanding of the Decalogue (as the commandments are also known) and the various Christian understandings of the Ten Commandments. We will also look at expressions of the Decalogue in Islamic scripture and tradition. 3 hrs. lect. AAL MDE PHL

Fall 2015, Fall 2017, Fall 2018

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RELI 0256 - Islam and Judaism      

Islam and Judaism
In this course we will compare and contrast the histories, practices, and beliefs of Islam and Judaism. Our source materials will include scriptural and post-scriptural texts, as well as representative selections from religious polemics of both the pre-modern and modern periods. We will also watch a number of documentary films on the topic. 3 hrs. lect./disc. AAL CMP PHL

Fall 2016, Spring 2018

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RELI 0277 / CMLT 0277 - The Arabian Nights      

The Arabian Nights—Storytelling, Orientalism, and Islamic Culture
In this course we will study the great medieval classic The Arabian Nights or The Thousand and One Nights Entertainment. Compiled in Egypt and Syria in the 14th century and translated into French and other European languages in the 17th and 18th centuries, this “ocean story” has had a profound effect on the development of the literatures of both the Middle East and the West. The incorporation of ‘Arabian Nights’ motifs in European art and orientalist discourse will be central in our enquiry. This course is not open to students who have taken RELI/CMLT 1038. AAL CMP LIT

Spring 2017

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RELI 0297 / JWST 0297 - Middle East Political Religion      

Middle Eastern Political Religion
Since the Iranian Revolution of 1979 and the rise of Religious Zionism in Israel, Middle Eastern politics and religion have become inextricably linked. In this course we examine the relationship between politics and religion in the Arab states, Israel, and Iran. Readings include selections from the scriptures of the monotheistic traditions, historical accounts of religious and political change, and theoretical analyses of historical trends. Throughout the term we will follow news accounts of current developments in the Middle East. 3 hrs. lect. AAL MDE PHL

Fall 2015, Fall 2016, Spring 2018

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RELI 0311 / CMLT 0311 - God and Love: India & Israel      

God and Love in the Ancient World: India and Israel
Are loving god and loving a person the same thing? Do people use the same forms of expression for human and divine love? Lovers of all kinds have been asking these questions since the second millennium, BCE. In this course we will explore these questions and others by reading poetry, narrative, prayer, and epic from two ancient classical civilizations: Brahmanical India and Biblical Israel. We will read Indian texts of the Rg Veda, the Bhagavad Gita, and devotional hymns to the classical Hindu gods and goddesses. We will compare these texts with those from the Hebrew Bible, including well-known narratives of royalty, the psalms and the Song of Songs. (At least one RELI course required; courses in the study of literature preferred but not required). 3 hrs. sem. CMP LIT PHL SOA

Fall 2019

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RELI 0356 - Islam and Judaism      

Islam and Judaism
In this course we will compare and contrast the histories, practices, and beliefs of Islam and Judaism. Our source materials will include scriptural and post-scriptural texts, as well as representative selections from religious polemics of both the pre-modern and modern periods. We will also watch a number of documentary films on the topic. (formerly RELI 0256) 3 hrs. sem. AAL CMP MDE PHL

Fall 2019

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RELI 0500 - Independent Research      

Independent Research
(Approval Required)

Fall 2015, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Spring 2017, Fall 2017, Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Fall 2019

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RELI 0700 - Senior Project in Religion      

Senior Project
(Approval Required)

Fall 2015, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Spring 2017, Fall 2017, Fall 2018, Fall 2019

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RELI 0701 - Senior Thesis in Religion      

Senior Research for Honors Candidates
Approval required

Fall 2015, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Spring 2017, Fall 2017, Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Fall 2019

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RELI 1038 / CMLT 1038 - The Arabian Nights      

The Arabian Nights—Storytelling, Orientalism, and Islamic Culture
In this course we will study the great medieval classic The Arabian Nights or The Thousand and One Nights Entertainment. Compiled in Egypt and Syria in the 14th century and translated into French and other European languages in the 17th and 18th centuries, this “ocean story” has had a profound effect on the development of the literatures of both the Middle East and the West. The incorporation of ‘Arabian Nights’ motifs in European art and orientalist discourse will be central in our enquiry. AAL CMP LIT MDE WTR

Winter 2016, Winter 2019

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RELI 1047 - The Seven Deadly Sins      

The Seven Deadly Sins in Theology, Art and Literature
In this course we will study the medieval tradition of the Seven Deadly Sins and their expression in theology, art and literature. Among the authors we will read are Aquinas, Shakespeare, and W.H. Auden. We will view and study films and music that allude to this list of sins. LIT PHL WTR

Winter 2020

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