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Judaism and Christianity through the Ages

Judaism and Christianity through the Ages

Tuesday, February 7, 2017 to Tuesday, May 9, 2017


Tuesday evenings from 6:00 to 9:00 pm
12 sessions

Open to Spertus Institute and Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago students as well as interested members of the public

For enrolled students: $1,075
(3 quarter-hour credits. Meets MAJS second-level core, concentration, or elective. Meets Doctoral elective.)

Members of the public can audit all 6 Spertus sessions for $350
or 3 Spertus sessions (your choice) for $100

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This course brings together experts from a range of fields to examine Jewish and Christian interaction from the Second Temple period to today. Specifically, the course looks at Jewish and Christian interaction during six core epochs: the late Second Temple period, the first century CE, the Middle Ages, the Enlightenment and its aftermath, the 20th century (with emphasis on the Holocaust and the years leading up to it), and contemporary experiences.

Spertus Sessions

February 7, 2017
Dr. Leonard Greenspoon on Second Temple Judaism

February 21, 2017 
Dr. Rachel Havrelock on Judaism and Early Christianity: Parting of the Ways

March 7, 2017
Dr. Dean P. Bell and Dr. Franklin Sherman on Antisemitism in the Middle Ages and Reformation

March 21, 2017 
Dr. Dean P. Bell on Early Modern and Enlightenment Encounters

April 4, 2017 
Dr. Benjamin Frommer on The Shoah

April 25, 2017
Rabbi Dr. Peter Knobel on Contemporary Aspects of Jewish-Christian Relations

Ursula Legend
(Above) Painting by the artist known as the Master of the Legend of St. Ursula, late 15th century, Bruges, Groeningemuseum. The turbaned, blindfolded figure on the right is typical of how Jews were depicted in Christian art in the Middle Ages, as exotic, backward-looking, and spiritually blind.

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