REL 101 – Origins of Hebrew Christian Thought

Course Outline

Course Number & Name:   REL 101 Origins of Hebrew Christian Thought

Credit Hours:   3.0            Contact Hours:   3.0         Lecture:  3.0       Lab:  N/A             Other:  N/A

Prerequisites or Co-requisites:  Grade of “C” or better in ENG 096 and RDG 096 and REL 105 or permission of the Division Chairperson

Concurrent Courses:   None

Course Description: This course examines the religious thought and the social, cultural, and philosophical development of two of the monotheistic religions, Judaism and Christianity. Special emphasis will be placed on commonalities and the unique differences between the two religions as the course explores the factors that helped form Judaism and Christianity within a global context.

Course Goals: Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to do the following:

  1. discuss the relationship between Judaism and Christianity;
  2. discuss the development of the Hebrew Bible and its influence on the New Testament;
  3. explain the importance of Jewish history and religion covering specified years of: 1900 – 1200 BCE (Abraham to King David), 586 BCE (deportation of Jews to Babylon, the return, and Second Temple period), 70 CE (destruction of Jerusalem by Romans), 1492 CE (expulsion of Jews from Spain), and 1940 CE (Zionism and formation of modern Jewish state in Israel);
  4. explain the major themes utilized by Maimonides as central to Jewish faith;
  5. identify the main themes of Jesus’ teachings and describe how they are similar to and different from those of Judaism;
  6. explain the importance of Christian history and religion covering specified years of: the first century (from Jesus’ birth to completion of New Testament writings), fourth century (Arian heresy and Council of Constantinople), 1054 (schism between Roman Catholic and Greek Orthodox Church), 1517 (Martin Luther and Protestant Reformation), 1725 – 1750 (Great Awakening and birth of modern missions), and 1908 (birth of Pentecostalism); and
  7. explain the significance of the Nicene Creed.
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