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RS 200A Lecture Notes - Lecture 9: Synoptic Gospels

February 23 , 2016 Many texts in circulation - At least 54 gospels - Christianity decriminalized in 313; official religion of Rome Synoptic Gospels - Common source ‘Q’ and Mark - Parables and s...

Religious Studies
RS 200A
Boyarin Shamma
RS 200A Lecture Notes - Lecture 10: Radiocarbon Dating, King James Version, Basmala

February 26, 2016 Scripture in Islam - This lecture had three parts o What is the Qur’an o On the Process of the formation of the Qur’an The Names of the Suras - 2. Al-Baqarah = (the...

Religious Studies
RS 200A
Boyarin Shamma
RS 200A Lecture Notes - Lecture 14: Mitzvah, Matzo, Shavuot

March 18, 2016 - Rituals are the means by which most members of the religion we are studying learn and express the principles of their religion - What might be the primary principles conveyed through Jewish ritua...

Religious Studies
RS 200A
Boyarin Shamma
RS 200A Lecture Notes - Lecture 2: Ijma, Sharia, Fiqh

March 8, 2016 Authority in Islam - Authority is the main reason for the split between Sunni and Shi’I Islam - The Sunni and Shi’I positions took time to crystallize - Because of the nature of Islam, the ...

Religious Studies
RS 200A
Boyarin Shamma
RS 200A Lecture Notes - Lecture 2: Beth Alpha, Beit Alfa, Sefer Torah

January 8 , 2016 Introduction to Judaism What is ‘Material Culture’ - Could be jewellery (such as necklaces with crosses on them), pottery with scriptures or religious symbols on them, or places such as syn...

Religious Studies
RS 200A
Boyarin Shamma
RS 200A Lecture Notes - Lecture 18: Tropical Year, Sukkot, Colander

April 7, 2016 Religious Studies Final Exam Clinic - What’s the importance of worship and ritual? o Expresses the principals of certain religions – - How can we define worship and ritual – what you...

Religious Studies
RS 200A
Boyarin Shamma
RS 200A Lecture Notes - Lecture 4: World Heritage Site, Byzantine Architecture

January 15 , 2016 Mosques - The Floor Plan of the early Mosques was based on the House (court-yard) of Muhammad in Medina - Lots of mosques have a square pattern - Why is the mosque called a ‘mo...

Religious Studies
RS 200A
Boyarin Shamma
RS 200A Lecture Notes - Lecture 16: Orthopraxy, Matzo, Protestantism

March 23, 2016 Worship and Ritual in Christianity - Refining our understanding of ritual o It’s a form of cognition that constructs models of reality and paradigms of behavior ...

Religious Studies
RS 200A
Boyarin Shamma
RS 200A Lecture Notes - Lecture 5: Polytheism, Orthopraxy, Ant-Zen

January 22, 2016 Monotheism in Islam Christianity Orthodoxy = Correct Belief Islam and Judaism Orthopraxy = Correct Practice About Creeds in Islam (and Judaism) ‘Significantly, although Muslims have… Two contexts th...

Religious Studies
RS 200A
Boyarin Shamma
RS 200A Lecture Notes - Lecture 1: Tawhid, Polytheism, Midrash

January 6, 2016 General Overview Monotheism - Views itself as the belief of one god Ex) Christianity - Opposite to Monotheism is Polytheism, which is the belief of many gods - Tawhid = the unity of G...

Religious Studies
RS 200A
Boyarin Shamma
RS 200A Lecture Notes - Lecture 6: God The Son, Arianism, Filioque

January 27, 2016 Monotheism and Christianity - ‘When will you be able to say: This is God? Not even when you see him, for what you see is ineffable’ – Augustine of Hippo (354CE-430CE) - Why? Or what ...

Religious Studies
RS 200A
Boyarin Shamma
RS200A Lecture 10: 10 and following

Unit 4 : Monotheism MONOTHEISM IN JUDAISM Text study Zohar : text of Jewish mysticism Kaballah : Jewish mysticism through kaballah. Means « received ». Necessity to study the texts with a master. Accor...

Religious Studies
RS 200A
Shamma Aaron Boyarin
RS 200A Lecture Notes - Lecture 9: New Covenant, Biblical Canon, Septuagint

SCRIPTURE AND TRADITION IN CHRISTIANITY Text study The Gospel according to John: quite different from the others writers. John was the one Jesus loved. So maybe closer to the truth. The Gospels came around the last quar...

Religious Studies
RS 200A
Shamma Aaron Boyarin
RS 200A Lecture Notes - Lecture 8: Tanakh, Ketuvim, Book Of Leviticus

SCRIPTURE AND TRADITION IN JUDAISM Text study : Genesis 1&2 Tanakh. Written in Hebrew, then Greek (spread of helenism during early Judaism) then English. Genesis from Greek, means « birth » or « origin » Translation whic...

Religious Studies
RS 200A
Shamma Aaron Boyarin
RS 200A Lecture Notes - Lecture 7: Surah, Basmala, Unit

UNIT 3 : Scripture and Tradition SCRIPTURE AND TRADITION IN ISLAM Text study Qur’an divided into chapters called sourates. Some incorporated in the morning prayer. 1st sourate : The Opening —> opening of the Qur’an. ...

Religious Studies
RS 200A
Shamma Aaron Boyarin

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