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Public narrative is "action speech" the discursive form through which individuals, communities, and nations construct identity, make choices, and inspire action. Because narrative engages the heart, it can both teach how we should act and motivate us to act. Students will learn the practice of public narrative based on psychological, philosophical, religious, literary, sociological and political texts; their life experience, and classroom exercises that can equip them to engage with the emotional foundations of values, choices and action. We will explore the role of narrative in public life, how it works, and why it works. And we will focus on self-narrative, shared narrative, action narrative, and narrative conflict and development. The second half of the course will delve deeper into this issue. Note: this course is comprised of two modules, HDS students are required to complete the entire semester to receive credit for the course. Shopping for this course will be held on September 9 at 1:10; the course will begin on September 11.

Ganz left Harvard in the 60s to work with César Chávez, stopped in Chicago with Saul Alinsky, and eventually made his way back to finish his BA in the 90s. He quickly followed it with a PhD and now lectures on organizing and moral leadership at the Kennedy School. (this was for [livejournal.com profile] dcart :)

Introduction to the Christian conception of scripture from the closing of the Canon to the fundamentalist/modernist controversy. Topics to be considered include the relationship of scripture to tradition, appropriation of Hebrew scripture, exegetical and hermeneutical theories, and scripture and culture. Particular attention will be paid to the development of theories of scriptural authority and their social consequences within the Western Christian experience and American Protestantism.

I sort of want to know what Gomes thinks about religion.

This course will study the Johannine writings (Gospel and Epistles) with a view to highlighting their distinctive literary and theological contribution to early Christianity. While the main focus will be on the Gospel and its reception the role of the Epistles will also be explored with regard to aspects of the history of the community. Issues such as the sources and cultural milieu of the writings, the relationship with other branches of contemporary Judaism and the historical dimension of the gospel will also be discussed.

I need a Scriptural Interpretation class, and John is pretty fascinating.

The aim of this seminar is to examine the phenomenon of Jewish Christianity in both its broad and narrower aspects. Given the fact that the original Jesus-followers were all Jewish, how do we explain the marginalization in the Second Century of those Christians who continued to observe Jewish practices? What were the internal and external factors that brought this about, given the importance of James, the brother of the Lord, in the early Jerusalem community as one of the 'pillar apostles'? How did the relationship with the parent Judaism change after the destruction of the Temple in 70 c.e., and what were the consequences of the success of the gentile mission, especially post 135 c.e.? Where did the Jewish Christians fit into the picture as mainline Christianity and Rabbinic Judaism increasingly defined themselves over against each other from the second to the fourth century c.e.? These and other related questions will be explored in 2-hour weekly sessions.

Freyne's supposed to be quite good on 1st century stuff, and this seminar seems custom-made for a bunch of questions I've had. It might be a bit too much Freyne on Tuesdays, though. :)

I'm still thinking about taking the Old Testament survey, as well, but the scheduling is fairly inconvenient (I would have to sprint from andover to the yard every friday, for fear of being late for Gomes's class. I don't really want to be in that situation. Plus, OT is the course most likely to have a final, and this is the last year for finals after Christmas).
I would remain lost in the woods without an effective Other Religion, though. There's a Bhagavad Gita class I would like to take, but it conflicts with the Jewish Christianity class.
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