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representation in Hebrew Scriptures and relationship to neighboring societies of the Ancient
Near East. Consideration given to the problem of textual interpretation, as well as to the
differences between the traditional and critical approaches to the Bible. Alternate years.

244. Issues in Hebrew Bible
Focus on a particular issue or skill in the study of the Hebrew Bible. In the framework of a
critical engagement with the Biblical text, the course will focus on issues such as Biblical Hebrew
language, religions of the Ancient Near East or archaeology and Biblical history. Particular issue
will be specified in the current Course Schedule. Alternate years. (Humanities)

251. Jesus in the Gospels
Interpretation of Jesus in early Christian literature, focusing on the theological and historical

problems in the Gospels. Alternate years. (Humanities)

252. The Epistles of Paul
Life and writings of the apostle Paul, with special attention to the theological controversies that
surrounded his proclamation of the Christian faith. Alternate years. (Humanities)

265-270. Topics in Religion
Topics vary according to specialization or interest of instructor. See Topics Courses.

280/380. Internship in the Practice of Religion
Participation in the activities of a religious organization or institution. See Additional Academic
Programs, All-College Independent Study Courses 280/380.

290/390. Individual Project: See Additional Academic Programs, All-College Independent
Study Courses 290/390.

324. The Hindu Vision
Hindu worldview as embodied and expressed in this tradition's major teachings, rituals, and
social practices. Primary focus on such classical texts as the Vedas, the Upanishads, the
Bhagavad-Gita, and the Ramayana. Some attention to developments within modern Hinduism,
with particular emphasis on the writings of Mohandas K. Gandhi. Alternate years. (Humanities)

325. The Buddhist Way
Primary teachings, formative figures, and major movements in the development of Buddhist
thought in India, Tibet, China, and Japan. Special attention to the Buddhist understanding of
reality, analysis of the human condition, and path to Nirvana or Enlightenment.. Alternate

years. (Humanities)

326. The Islamic Path
Muslim beliefs and practices, theology, law, and rituals in the context of the historical
development of Islam into a world religion, with attention to contemporary topics. Alternate

years. (Humanities)

327. Religions of China and Japan
This course focuses on the character and development of Chinese and Japanese religions.
Particular emphasis will be placed on the figures, movements and literature of China's and
Japan's "major" religions (Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism and Shinto) within their regional,
social and cultural contexts. Some attention will also be given to NRM's (New Religious

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