Religious Studies | Religions of the West
R152 | 3844 | Satlow


Judaism, Christianity, and Islam all share a common source in the
cultures of the Near East, and some common heritage as Abrahamic
traditions.  They also share a long history of interaction, and issues
of adaptation to diverse social and historical contexts.
Consequently, these religious traditions show more diversity within
themselves, and more similarity to each other, than many people
realize.

This course offers an introductory outline of the three traditions,
exploring their mythic origins, sacred texts, basic beliefs and
practices, and modern context.  We will proceed by lectures,
discussions, and films.  The reading will emphasize primary sources
and should help you develop some understanding of the sacred texts of
these traditions.  No previous knowledge of religion or history is
presumed.