One Book, Two Religions, Many Truths (Gen Ed 1149)





How are Judaism and Christianity the same and how are they different?


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Shaye J.D. Cohen

The Hebrew Scriptures, what Christians call the “Old Testament” and Jews call the “Bible,” are the basis of both Judaism and Christianity, and stand behind many debates in our contemporary culture wars. In this course we shall survey how this work of literature, through interpretation and re-interpretation, spawned and spawns a wide variety of truths. Implicit themes: what is truth? How do we know it when we see it? Can a text written long ago contain truths for contemporary society?

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