Jew and Judean: Politics and Historiography in the Translation of Ancient Texts - The Marginalia Review of Books - online forum including Prof. Annette Yoshiko Reed on “Ioudaios before & after ‘Religion’” - also available as free ebook.
Joy Reid talks to state senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal, MSNBC analyst Goldie Taylor and Dr. Anthea Butler about Michael Brown’s funeral and whether his death will be a turning point in the national discussion about police brutality and race in America.
New Grad Seminar = “Teaching Religious Studies” (Steven Weitzman, RELS 509, F 12noon, fall 2014, Penn) Many faculty in academia, especially at a research university, think of themselves as scholars first and teachers second. The emphasis on scholarship is essential for a position at a research university, but what the culture of such institutions can obscure is the importance of teaching as part of the academic vocation. The purpose of this course is to help prepare graduate students to teach academic religious studies, not to teach them how to teach, a skill developed through experience and feedback, but to encourage students to plan in advance for their work as educators and to develop their teaching aspirations and approach in dialogue with issues and debates in Religious Studies, the Humanities and the field of Education.
The mind, as the Jewish philosopher Philo of Alexandria recognized two thousand years ago, is not guided by rationality alone; it is also driven by appetite and by the passions, and from his age until our own, Jewish thinkers and producers of culture have recognized something nonrational at the core of being human. Ancient rabbinic sources speak of the yetser, an inclination or impulse, as a driver of human behavior, and source of creativity and destructiveness. The medieval philosopher Maimonides subordinated imagination to philosophy, and yet without imagination, he also realized, there would be no prophecy. And the world owes the discovery of the unconscious to the Jewish physician Sigmund Freud. Jewish thought, history, and culture offer many opportunities to explore those aspects of the mind that lie beneath reason, that go beyond it, that resist it.
During its 2015–2016 fellowship year, the Katz Center will focus on those aspects of internal life that lie beyond reason—emotions and feelings, the unconscious, sensation, imagination, impulse, intuition, and the nonrational dimensions of reason itself. [How to apply | Application Deadline: November 9, 2014]
New Course - "Jesus and Judaism" (Phil Webster, RELS 231, TTh 10:30am, Fall 2014, U.Penn): Was Jesus a Christian? Was he Jewish? And if Christianity’s founder was Jewish, what does that mean for his Christianness? What does it mean for Christianity, a religion that has often defined itself as the fulfillment, if not just outright replacement, of Judaism? In the course we will explore both Jewish and Christian depictions of Jesus’ Jewishness, starting with the New Testament itself. We’ll look at ancient Jewish ideas about messiahs and early Christian discussions as well as denials of Jesus’ Jewishness. In addition to exploring ancient depictions of Jesus’ Jewishness, we’ll also take a look at modern debates and claims about the relationship between Jesus and Judaism and what that relationship can tell us about the natures of Christianity and Judaism. [Image: Marc Chagall, “Yellow Crucifixion”]