Exams Exam 1: Monday, March 6 (100 points)
Exam 2: Monday, May 8 2:00 pm (100 points). The exam will cover primarily the material studied since Exam 1.
Sakai Forum Posting
In the first week, you'll be divided into two teams
(team MONDAY and team WEDNESDAY); each day before class, all of the
members of a particular team are responsible for posting a comment,
question, or observation based on the readings. Posts are due by midnight
the night before class. We will select one or two posts to guide part
of our discussions during class; you may be asked to expand upon or
explain your post in class, so be thoughtful when you post in the forum!
The paper invites you to explore in greater depth some aspect of
Jewish-Christian relations. We have suggested some possible
topics, but you are welcome to write on any aspect of Jewish-Christian
relations that interests you. Regardless of topic, your paper
should be narrowly conceived. We are more interested in depth
We strongly suggest you meet
with us during the first weeks of class to discuss possible topics!
Sign up slots will be available through Sakai for meeting times!
Possible topics to ponder:
- defining the problem: what is anti-Judaism and antisemitism
- differing interpretations of Scripture among Jews and Christians
- importance of Christian Scripture in Christian attitudes towards Jews and Judaism
- Jewish views of Jesus
- demonization of the Jews in Medieval Europe (e.g., blood libel, Black Death)
- specific events: e.g., Crusades, expulsions, Dreyfus affair
- contributions of Christian theology to the Holocaust
- problems and possibilities in contemporary Jewish-Christian dialogue
- theological understandings of the other (e.g., specific writer or synthetic treatment)
- representations of Jews in art and literature
All work is due by 12:00 noon on the dates indicated below, and should
be submitted electronically. Documents should be submitted
preferably as a Word (.doc/.docx) document, Adobe (.pdf) and Word
Perfect (.wpd) documents are also acceptable, and uploaded to the
“Assignments” section in Sakai. Points will be deducted for
papers submitted after the deadline. With extenuating
circumstances (e.g., illness) we will accept late papers. To
request an extension you must indicate so in writing and include an
indication that work has commenced on the assignment.
Please observe the following conventions when submitting papers:
Research assistance is available from Honnold Library
- use regular margins and 12-point font
- include page numbers
may appear as footnotes, endnotes, or parenthetical form.
Whichever format you choose, follow it correctly and consistently.
All assignments will be turned in and returned (with grades and comments) through the "Assignments" tool on Sakai.
Stage 1: Project Proposal: due Friday, February 17 (10 points)
a brief paper (200-300 words) identifying the general area or topic on
which you intend to work and some of the issues you intend to examine.
Stage 2: Annotated Bibliography: due Friday, March 24 (15 points)
an annotated bibliography (i.e., full citation with a brief paragraph
describing the contents and its importance for your research),
including at least five relevant sources beyond those listed in the
syllabus. Your bibliography must include at least one monograph
and one scholarly article (i.e., from an academic journal or collection
of essays). Please include a brief description (three or four
sentences) of your project.
Stage 3: Final paper: due Friday, April 28 (150 points)
final research paper should be 12-15 page (double-spaced, or roughly
2500-3000 words) paper in length, and should employ an standard method
of citations, such as footnotes, endnotes, or parenthetical
citations. The paper should also include a full bibliography.
The paper will be graded according to the following criteria:
The paper identifies a topic that is focused and manageable.
While you may want to provide some general or background information,
but the majority of the paper should focus on the particular topic.
The paper reflects an awareness, proper understanding, and appropriate
use of the relevant primary (e.g., ancient texts, artifacts) and
secondary (e.g., scholarly articles and books) sources. This is
an academic paper that should reflect an understanding of academic
discussions. While the internet contains many sites that provide
basic information, good analysis usually takes place in journal
articles, books, and other scholarly writings.
The paper develops insightful arguments based on the interpretation of
the sources. Present a clear argument or point of view that seeks
not only to describe but to persuade based on an explanation of the
The paper conforms to proper rules of grammar, syntax, punctuation, and
formatting (e.g., using page numbers). Proofread your paper.