SRJC Course Outlines

6/25/2024 9:10:59 AMRELS 3 Course Outline as of Fall 2013

Changed Course

Discipline and Nbr:  RELS 3Title:  HISTORY OF GOD  
Full Title:  History of God
Last Reviewed:1/28/2019

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum3.00Lecture Scheduled3.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled52.50
Minimum3.00Lab Scheduled06 min.Lab Scheduled0
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total3.00 Contact Total52.50
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  105.00Total Student Learning Hours: 157.50 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade or P/NP
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
Also Listed As: 
Formerly:  HUMAN 10.3

Catalog Description:
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The origins and evolution of monotheism from ancient Egypt and Canaan, through ancient Israel and its variations in Judaism, Christianity and Islam.


Recommended Preparation:
Course Completion of RELS 1 and Course Completion of ENGL 1A

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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The origins and evolution of monotheism from ancient Egypt and Canaan, through ancient Israel and its variations in Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
(Grade or P/NP)

Recommended:Course Completion of RELS 1 and Course Completion of ENGL 1A
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;UC.
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP


Associate Degree:Effective:Fall 1983
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 C2HumanitiesFall 1983
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 3BHumanitiesFall 1981
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1983Inactive:
UC Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1983Inactive:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Major Applicable Course


Outcomes and Objectives:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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1.  Discover and describe the complex evolution of Judaism and Islam
    and their interaction with Christianity.
2.  Identify seminal thinkers within the context of the course and the unique characteristics of their
    thought within the historic circumstances and literary understandings
    of their own time.
3.  Analyze and evaluate persistent religious themes and controversies
    within rival hermeneutics of Christianity, Judaism and Islam.
4.  Trace the historic and religious sources of contemporary values and
    belief systems.

Topics and Scope
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I.   The Ancient Near Eastern Origins of "Western" or "Monotheistic" religions
    A. Egyptian "monotheism" under Akhenaten
    B. The Divine Council of the autochthonous Canaanites
II.  The evolution and diversity of pre-exilic Israelite religion
    A. Yahwistic monolatry
    B. Polytheism and syncretism in Biblical Israel
III. The emergence of Judaism after the exile
    A. The evolution of rabbinic Judaism: temple to Torah
    B. Hellenistic Judaism: allegorizing the God of Torah
    C. Other sects and movements such as the Essenes, apocalyptic
    D. The development of the sacred texts: Tanak, Mishnah, Talmuds and Midrashim
IV. The origins and early development of Christianity
    A. The diversity of early Jesus movements
    B. Orthodoxy and heresy: Gnosticism
    C. Rival Jewish and Christian hermeneutics
    D. Christian apologetics and polemics
    E. The triumph of orthodoxy under Constantine and his successors
    F. The Ecumenical Councils: the Trinity and Christology
    G. The establishment of the papacy and East-West conflict
V.  The origins and early development of Islam
    A. The Arabian context
    B. Muhammad and the Quran, thoroughgoing monotheism
    C. The evolution of Muhammad's prophetic career: Mecca to Medina and back
    D. The Rashidun: first four Caliphs and success of Islam's conquest
    E. The Hadith: the evolution of tradition and Muslim practice
    F. The Sufis and the relationship between mysticism and orthodoxy
    G. The House of Islam as empire: the sharia, education, science and culture
    H. The dhimmis: Jews and Christians under Islam
VI. The Middle Ages: interaction and conflict
    A. The Crusades
    B. The Inquisition
    C. The God of the philosophers: scholasticism and the sharing of scholarship in
     Maimonides, Ibn Rushd and Thomas
    D. Theological interaction with the Renaissance
VII. The Protestant Reformation
VIII.The Enlightenment: science and historical-critical Biblical scholarship
    A. The trial of Galileo
    B. The excommunication of Spinoza
IX. Modernity and the rise of fundamentalisms and ultra-orthodoxy

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1.  Weekly reading assignments of between 20-50 pages
2.  Reading reports 2-4 pages
3.  2-5 objective and/or essay exams
4.  2-5 objective and/or essay quizzes
5.  A research paper of 5-7 pages
6.  Optional field trips
7.  Optional in-class exercises analytical interpretations; presentations, discussions or debates
8.  Final exam (objective, essay, or a combination)

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
25 - 60%
Reading reports, essays and research papers
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
10 - 25%
Analytical interpretations; In-class exercises, presentations, discussions or debates
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
0 - 0%
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
20 - 40%
Multiple choice, true/false, matching items, completion, essay exams, text analysis
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
0 - 10%
Classroom participation, optional: oral presentations, reports on interviews, museum visits, or field trips.

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Judaism, Christianity, and Islam:  The Classical Texts and Their
  Interpretation.  F.E. Peters, 3 vols. Princeton, 1990 (Classic).
New Oxford Annotated Bible with Apocrypha, 4th ed. 2010.
Al-Qur'an:  A Contemporary Translation, Ahmed Ali 2001 (Classic).
The Evolution of God.  Robert Wright. Little, Brown and Company, 2009.

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