The Department of Religion in the College of Arts and Sciences emphasizes cultural and theoretical approaches to the study of religion, and draws attention to the relationship of religion with literature, art, history, psychology, politics and philosophy. Students are encouraged to investigate both the religious dimensions of secular culture (film and music, for example) and traditional religions as cultural phenomena. The Religion Department offers the B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. degrees, as well as an undergraduate minor. It actively supports the interdisciplinary Religion & Society major and minor, and also contributes courses to many other degrees.

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2021

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Sample Syllabus using Understanding the Bible by Watts, James Watts

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The Historical Role of Leviticus 25 in Naturalizing Anti-Black Racism, James Watts

2020

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Biblical Rhetoric of Separatism and Universalism and Its Intolerant Consequences, James Watts

2019

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Drawing Lines: A Suggestion for Addressing the Moral Problem of Reproducing Immoral Biblical Texts in Commentaries and Bibles, James Watts

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Sensation and Metaphor in Ritual Performance: The Example of Sacred Texts, James Watts

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Unperformed Rituals in an Unread Book, James Watts

2018

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The Unstated Premise of the Prose Pentateuch: YHWH is King, James Watts

2017

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Scriptures' Indexical Touch, James Watts

2016

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Narrative, Lists, Rhetoric, Ritual and the Pentateuch as a Scripture, James W. Watts

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Priestly Lineages in History and Rhetoric, James W. Watts

2015

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Revivals: Of Antigone, William Robert

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The Historical and Literary Contexts of the Sin and Guilt Offerings, James W. Watts

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Writing Commentary as Ritual and as Discovery, James W. Watts

2014

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From Ark of the Covenant to Torah Scroll: Ritualizing Israel’s Iconic Texts, James W. Watts

2013

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Nude, Glorious, Living, William Robert

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To Live, By Grace, William Robert

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Scripturalization and the Aaronide Dynasties, James W. Watts

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The Political and Legal Uses of Scripture, James W. Watts

2012

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Yiddish in Abramovitsh's Literary Revival of Hebrew, Ken Frieden

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The Continuing Exodus: The Synagogue and Jewish Urban Migration, Samuel D. Gruber

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A Mystic Impulse: From Apophatics to Decreation in Pseudo-Dionysius, Meister Eckhart, and Simone Weil, William Robert

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Performing Religiously Between Passion and Resistance, William Robert

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Ancient Iconic Texts and Scholarly Expertise, James W. Watts

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Relic Texts, James W. Watts

2011

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2010 NAPS Presidential Address: "Fleeing the Kingdom": Augustin's Queer Theology of Marriage, Virginia Burrus