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Spring 2013

Ph.D. Course Descriptions

THEO 83002 - Section 01: Advanced Hebrew (CRN 28913)

Course Description:
The course builds on the lessons learned in Elementary Hebrew and offers the opportunity to increase one's knowledge of Hebrew by reading and analyzing passages from the Hebrew Bible. There will also be some reading selections from other texts such as the Dead Sea Scrolls.


THEO 83009 - Section 01: Elementary Akkadian II (CRN 28914)

Course Description:
The second in a two-semester sequence, this course completes the introduction to the grammar of Akkadian, specifically the Old Babylonian dialect of that language, using still the grammar by J. Huehnergard, A Grammar of Akkadian, 2nd edition (Eisenbrauns, 2005). Via the grammar and its exercises we will begin to familiarize ourselves with the some of the genres of writings from Mesopotamian civilization, a "stream of tradition" whose legacy can hardly be overestimated for students of later Near Eastern cultures and literatures. Readings will include selections from contracts and other legal/administrative texts, laws, letters, omens, royal inscriptions, prayers, and epics. Finally, we will also pay attention to the place of Akkadian within the Semitic-language family, especially by way of a(n inductively based) comparison of the Aramaic material with that found other Semitic languages, especially Hebrew.


THEO 83102 - Section 01: Hebrew Bible Sem: Genesis (CRN 25139)
Long Title: Hebrew Bible Seminar: Earliest Interpretations of Genesis

Course Description:
The seminar will center on a study of the Book of Jubilees as an interpretation of Genesis. Although Jubilees will be very important to the research, the members of the seminar will also examine interpretations of Genesis in other sources such as the Dead Sea Scrolls, the pseudepigrapha (e.g., 1 Enoch, Aramaic Levi), Philo, Josephus, the New Testament, and midrashic texts.


THEO 83111 - Section 01: New Testament Seminar (CRN 25141)
Long Title: New Testament Seminar: First Corinthians

Course Description:
The seminar will center on the history of Paul's relationship with the church at Corinth. Attention will be given to the city of Corinth, the establishment of the Corinthian church by Paul, his correspondence with Christians in that city, his use of co-workers in dealing with the church, and his own subsequent trips to Corinth. The focus of the course will be on Paul's so-called "first" letter to the church at Corinth, our First Corinthians. The two major purposes of the course are (1) to provide an in-depth examination of 1 Corinthians, and (2) to develop skill in the exegesis of Pauline literature.


THEO 83204 - Section 01: Early Christianity Seminar (CRN 25142)
Long Title: Early Christian Seminar: Patristic Ecclesiology

Course Description:
You are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation; once you were no people, but now you are God’s people? (I Pet 2.9-10) So the author of the First Letter of Peter addresses a group of Christian congregations across Asia Minor (see 1.1) towards the end of the first century. It is striking that while reflection on the structures and boundaries of the Church, on the articulation and purpose of authority within it, and on the importance and limits of community in our human sharing of God’s work of salvation, have all been central topics of reflection and argument for Christian theologians of all persuasions since the time of the Reformation, there are, arguably, no early Christian treatises simply on the reality of the Church, as there are on the being of God or the person and identity of Christ - no obvious Patristic essays in ecclesiology. This seminar will be based on the assumption that the reality of Church is nevertheless a central object of theological meditation in early Christianity, integral to the Fathers? understanding of God’s salvation in history. We will study just how the community of life in Christ was imagined and spoken of by the Church Fathers, by reading works by a series of major theologians, Eastern and Western, from the end of the first century of our era to the middle of the seventh. We will ask what images and categories they used to speak of the Christian community, what Biblical texts they drew on, and what conclusions they drew for how the community is to be shaped, nourished and led. We will also hear reports on several influential modern theologians whose vision of the Church has been shaped by reading Patristic literature.


THEO 83206 - Section 01: Our Lady of Guadalupe (CRN 28915)

Course Description:
Our Lady of Guadalupe has been at the heart of Mexican and Mexican American faith and identity for nearly five centuries; within Roman Catholicism she is officially acclaimed as the patroness of the Americas. This seminar explores the origins and development of the Guadalupe tradition; the Nican mophua, which millions of devotees acclaim as the foundational narrative of that tradition; and theological writings about Guadalupe from Miguel Sanchez's Imagen de la Virgen Maria, Madre de Dios de Guadalupe (1648) down to the present day.


THEO 83209 - Section 01: Theology of Kierkegaard (CRN 28916)

Course Description:
This course will examine the development of Kierkegaard's understanding of the genuine Christian life from the time of his first works written after his break-up with Regine Olsen, to his final statement of the ideal of being a Christian just before his final "attack on Christendom." We will focus in particular on those works that discuss his understanding of sin and faith in Christ. The works to be read will include his Journals (edited by Hannay), Fear and Trembling, The Concept of Anxiety, Philosophical Fragments, Concluding Unscientific Postscript, Works of Love, The Sickness Unto Death, and Practice in Christianity. We will also use the new biography of Kierkegaard written by Hannay. The written requirements may be fulfilled either by a series of six page essays on the different readings for the semester, or a short paper and one longer research paper on a theme or work of Kierkegaard's.


THEO 83227 - Section 01: Hagiography (CRN 28917)

Course Description:
In recent years, a burgeoning scholarship on medieval and early modern hagiography has explored its literary conventions; its expression in a variety of forms: chronicles, romances, sermons, legenda, sequences, hymns, drama, (auto)biography, visual art, and parody; its social, cultural, and political uses; its relationship to historical and biblical writing; its complex authorship; and its depiction of gender. Less frequently has hagiography been studied in relation to specifically theological questions (biblical, moral, liturgical, and dogmatic). Drawing upon the theoretical resources of narrative theology, dialogical hermeneutics, and theo-aesthetics (in combination with the resources of other disciplines) participants in the seminar will seek answers from various perspectives to the question: "What is the theological significance of the saint's Life?"


THEO 83229 - Section 01: On being "Interreligious" Relg (CRN 28918)
Long Title: On Being "Interreligious" Religiously

Course Description:
The large question that looms most portentiously over all modern projects of interreligious dialogue, and that confers on the "Theology of Religions" its present urgency, is the question of whether or not attentive and respectful engagement with other religions demands of Christians the attenuation, in one way or another, of their own faith. This course will bring to bear on the theological discussion of this question certain extra-theological resources that are not always sufficiently exploited by theologians - viz., the reflections of modern thinkers who work at the intersection of philosophy and the social sciences (e.g., Ernest Gellner, Leszek Kolakowski, Charles Taylor, et al.) and the work of historians of particular religions whose fine-grained familiarity with other religions throws up necessary but also salutary barriers to hasty, albeitbien-pensant, ecumenical conclusions. Our purpose will be to suggest ways through the current impasse between "pluralism" and "triumphalism." Particular attention will be given throughout to the issue of what Christians can/should/must make of Buddhism.


THEO 83402 - Section 01: Eastern Liturgies (CRN 28919)

Course Description:
This seminar begins with an introduction to the Christ East and the phenomenon of its multiple rites. We survey the extant liturgical traditions of the Christian East, their origin, historical evolution and distinctive features. Our aim is to discover the main factors influencing the development of the rites, and to discern aspects of the distinct Christian witness codified in each rite. A close reading and analysis of the Eucharistic Liturgy of the Byzantine Rite follows. By studying this liturgy, reviewing the relevant secondary literature, and making comparative observations from other rites where appropriate, our goals are twofold: to gain greater familiarity with the Byzantine Rite; and to engage in a kind of apprenticeship in the structural and comparative study of liturgy. A research project invites deeper insight into specific aspects of one eastern rite and some of the scholarship pertaining to it.


THEO 83407 - Section 01: Ritual Studies Seminar (CRN 28920)

Course Description:
Rituals reveal societal values at their deepest level. Thanks to the Second Vatican Council, the study of liturgy now incorporates the results of the human sciences. For the pastoral liturgist that fosters critical praxis of the liturgical life of a local church community, ritual studies are indispensable.

This seminar will introduce students to ritual, symbol and myth; ritual, language and communication (ritual and body language, ritual and creating meaning); ritual as building or transforming community. These dimensions of ritual will be related to Christian practice; especially to the historical experience of liturgical inculturation in the church.


THEO 83614 - Section 01: Catholic Social Teaching (CRN 28921)

Course Description:
This course involves close reading of the official documents of Catholic social teaching from Rerum Novarum to Centesimus Annus. Emphasis is on intense seminar discussion. Students do a number of shorter analyses of the documents.


THEO 83650 - Section 01: Theo, Ethics, Responsibility (CRN 29163)
Long Title: Theology, Ethics, Responsibility

Course Description:
Throughout the 20th and into the 21st century, theologians and philosophers have discussed the meaning and relevance of moral responsibility at a time when human dignity is threatened and the destructiveness of human power is on clear display. Yet the language of responsibility, especially for theologians, implies not only moral integrity and accountability in our obligations to other people, but also the form and fittingness of our response to them as fellow creatures responding to God. Theologians have therefore seen fit to consider the importance of moral responsibility in light of longstanding theological questions about the form of human relation to the divine, the interpretation of theological tradition, the meaning of human freedom under the sovereignty of God, the formation and judgment of conscience, and the cultivation of virtue. The purpose of this class will be to introduce students to the contemporary ecumenical discussion of Christian responsibility ethics with these questions in mind, while also tracking how this discussion intersects with work in moral philosophy. Our reading will include work by H. Richard Niebuhr, Josef Fuchs, Hans Jonas, Klaus Demmer, Karol Wojtyla, Judith Butler, William Schweiker and Darlene Weaver.


THEO 83651 - Section 01: Theology and Peacebuilding (CRN 29767)

Course Description:
The course explores the Christian contribution (or difference) to efforts towards peace in the world. The course has two parts. Part one is a theoretical exploration of the history and assumptions that sustain the discussion of theology and peacebuilding. Behind this formulation is the assumption that theology and peace-building constitute two independent disciplines each with its own field of investigation, unique methodologies and criteria for rational inquiry. However, once the discussion is set up within these parameters, theology cannot but be reduced to simply providing a usefulcontribution- an add on to an independently derived and more primary realm of peace. The critical thrust of this first section will be to show that the political and ideological assumptions of peacebuilding (and thus peace studies generally understood) do not often allow for a full appreciation of theology as a way of life, grounded in and shaped by a matrix of practices and disciplines, whose overall effect is meant to shape the Christian into a vision and patterns of peace in the world. The constructive direction of the section will be to point to a more complex, multi-layered and at times contested relationship between theology and peacebuilding. In the second part, using representative stories of individuals and communities, the course will explore the theological matrix that informs and sustains the Christian practice of peace. Among others, the scriptural imagination, lament, hope, and conversion will be identified as key disciplines within this matrix. But because these disciplines are produced and reproduced in the habitual practices of the church, it makes Christian peacebuilding a form of improvisation which takes place within particular, local and specific contexts. The stories display not only the inner logic of a Christian theology of peace, but the multiple possibilities of Christian peacebuilding efforts in the world.


THEO 83804 - Section 01: Systematics Seminar: God (CRN 28922)

Course Description:
This seminar focuses on contemporary understandings of the Trinity that operate in terms defined by Rahner's paradigm shift to the economy of salvation. Besides Rahner's classic work, The Trinity, we will read works by LaCugna, Moltmann, Balthasar, Pannenberg, and Milbank. The selection of authors is made with a view to underscoring the variety of emphases that this paradigm shift allows, their varying degrees of hospitality to talk of the immanent Trinity, and in the event of hospitality their different emphases in figuration. Given the economic turn in contemporary discussion of the Trinity a leitmotif in the course is the topic of divine passibility. Does the economic turn make it either necessary or advisable to surrender, or at least to seriously qualify, the Patristic axiom of divine impassibility.


THEO 83805 - Section 01: Systematic Seminar: Christ (CRN 28923)

Course Description:
Seminar on selected topics concerning Jesus.


THEO 83816 - Section 01: African Christian Theologies (CRN 28924)

Course Description:
This course is a systematic and critical exploration of the origins, content and trends in contemporary African Christian theologies. We will study in some detail the work of some of the more prominent African theologians who are working or who have worked in biblical studies, moral theology, liturgy, systematic theology, Christology and ecclesiology. Our aim would be to see how these various scholars have articulated and furthered the efforts of the African faith communities to come to terms with both their traditional African religious heritages and their Christian faith. Some of the themes to be explored include (but are by no means restricted to) the emergent christologies which constitute the cornerstone of African theologies and the contribution these christologies as well as the challenges they pose to world Christianity; the meaning scope and biblical foundations of inculturation in contemporary African theologies; the dialogue between Christianity and African religion; the challenge of the NRMs to Christian theology and praxis in the main line churches; the moral methodology and concerns of African Christian theology; the intersection of liturgy and spirituality in African theology and ecclesial patterns, etc.

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Fall 2012

THEO 83001 - Section 01: Intermediate Hebrew (CRN 13240)

Course Description:
The primary focus of this course is on reading the text of the Hebrew Bible, at first prose narratives, then poetic sections and consonantal (unpointed) texts. There will be a review of the grammar of Biblical Hebrew, as well as development of vocabulary and skills in using lexicons and concordances of the Hebrew Bible. The course should speed your reading of Hebrew and help prepare you to teach an Elementary Hebrew course. There will be quizzes, a mid-term, and a final exam. Elementary Hebrew is required. Readings:Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia.C. L. Seow, A Grammar for Biblical Hebrew (1st or 2nd ed.).F. Brown, S. Driver, and C. Briggs, Hebrew and English Lexicon.L. Koehler and W. Baumgartner, Hebrew and Aramaic Lexicon of the Old Testament.

THEO 83003 - Section 01: Advanced Greek (CRN 12772)

Course Description:
This course is designed to assist students to achieve a high level of reading proficiency in Greek texts of the Roman imperial period.. Readings generally include material from the LXX and NT, and focus on another Greek writer of the period, usually an ancient Jewish or Christian writer. This year the principal text will be Philo?s Allegory of the Laws II (Philo?s interpretation of the creation of the first woman), supplemented with parallel texts. In addition to Greek reading, the course requires a small amount of reading on Philo as exegete, including a selection from T. Tobin?s treatment of the creation of man in Philo Each class will include a review of vocabulary, syntax and forms.This class counts as the qualifying examination in Greek for Ph. D. students in CJA and HC., but is open to Masters students and advanced undergraduates from Theology and Classics.

THEO 83004 - Section 01: Advanced Hebrew (CRN 13407)
Long Title: Advanced Hebrew: From Late Biblical to Rabbinic Hebrew

Course Description:
This course builds on Elementary and Intermediate Biblical Hebrew. It aims to solidify and advance students' grammatical knowledge and to improve reading fluency. We will also devote considerable attention to the Hebrew of the Second Temple and rabbinic periods.

THEO 83007 - Section 01: Elementary Akkadian I (CRN 18795)

Course Description:
A "must" for any student wishing to understand the Biblical text in its ancient Near Eastern context. This is an introduction to the grammar of Akkadian, specifically of classical dialect of Old Babylonian, using the excellent grammar and answer key by J. Huehnergard A Grammar of Akkadian and Key to A Grammar of Akkadian. To the extent possible we sill avoid the cumbersome writing system by which the language is expressed, and focus our efforts on the(Semitic) language underlying the cuneiform signs. As such, attention will be paid to the place of Akkadian within the Semitic-language family, especially by way of a(n inductively based) comparison of this language with that found other Semitic languages, especially Hebrew. Readings of actual texts from various literary (and non-literary) genres will present themselves via the exercises.

THEO 83102 - Section 02: Hebrew Bible Sem:Qumran Scroll (CRN 18796)
Long Title: Hebrew Bible Seminar: The Qumran Scrolls and the Developmental Composition of the Bible

Course Description:
What were ?the Scriptures? of Jesus and the early Church, of Hillel and contemporary Judaism? This course offers the fundamentals for all biblical research: An inquiry into the state of our ?Bible? at the time of the birth of Christianity and Rabbinic Judaism, and critical study of the text today. Study of selected biblical manuscripts from Qumran. Introduction to palaeography, orthography, textual criticism, and critical editions of texts. The evidence of the Scrolls, the Septuagint, the Masoretic Text, the Samaritan Torah, and the New Testament for the history of the biblical text in its Hebrew, Greek, and versional forms, including its process of composition, scribal development, successive editions of biblical books, and the canonical process. Issues at stake regarding the canon at the time of the Jewish-Christian split. Knowledge of Hebrew and Greek is required. New Testament students welcome.

THEO 83118 - Section 01: Rmn Imprl Mrl Prpgnda&Anct Jew (CRN 18797)
Long Title: Roman Imperial Moral Propaganda & Ancient Jewish & Christian Family Values

Course Description:
This course is a survey of the Roman ideological context of early Jewish and Christian accounts of their familial and gender norms. It will examine s ideologies of the successive dynasties (the Julio-Claudians, the Flavians, Trajan and Hadrian), especially their definition of Roman moral virtues, and look at the ways ancient Jewish and early Christian writers writers sought to respond to them. The course will include readings from Roman writers, especially Roman writers in Greek, especially Roman Stoics like seneca and Musonius. The major Jewish writers will be Philo, Pseudo-Phocylides, Josephus and 4 Maccabees, and the earlier Sibyllines; Christian writers will include Paul, Mark and Matthew, Luke-Acts, the Pastorals, Hermas. Students may propose other authors. Requirements: for CJA students, a seminar paper as well as shorter assignments and presentations.All of this material is heavily inflected by gender; students who wish to take the course for GSC credit will find plenty of material in both primary and secondary literature, and must make gender the focus of their written work and presentations. All texts are available in translation, and masters students in Biblical Studies and graduate students at either level from other areas or departments are welcome. CJA doctoral students must work in at least one original language. I will attempt to arrange a weekly Greek- reading session of about 30 minutes.

THEO 83212 - Section 01: Modern&Contemp.Ethics:Protestn (CRN 18799)

Course Description:
In this seminar, we will read through major 20th century figures in Protestant ethics, including Barth, both Niebuhrs, Hauerwas, Ramsey, and Gustafson. We will focus on the interplay between theological and ethical issues in these authors, paying particular attention to the ways in which they build on, and stand in conversation with one another. Course requirements include one or two seminar presentations and a seminar paper. This course is intended for doctoral students; others will need permission of the instructor.

THEO 83215 - Section 01: Islamic Origins (CRN 18800)

Course Description:
In 1851 the French scholar Ernest Rénan wrote: "one can say without exaggeration that the problem of the origins of Islam has definitely now been completely resolved." In 2012, however, scholars are more divided than ever over the question of Islamic origins. Rénan's confidence stemmed from the appearance in his day of medieval Muslim biographies of Mu?ammad, which in their detailed descriptions of the Muslim prophet seemed to offer reliable historical data. Yet they are also late sources. The earliest Islamic biographies date from approximately 150 years after the traditional death date of Muhammad (632).The only earlier sources that scholars have to work with are the Quran --a text marked by Biblical allusions and religious exhortation, not historical narratives --and the early Greek, Syriac and Armenian literature (primarily Christian) which alludes to the rise of a new religious movement in the Near East, but not in the manner of later Islamic works. All three sources ?the Quran, early non-Muslim literature, and classical Islamic sources ?present particular interpretive challenges.In this seminar we will address the question of Islamic origins by appreciating the particular types and functions of these sources. At the same time we will examine the debate over these sources in recent scholarship, with particular attention to the theories of those (esp. Wansbrough, Crone, and Luxenberg) who argue that the origins of Islam are more closely related to the development of Christianity in the Late Antique Near East than is traditionally assumed. In this regard the present seminar is not a foray into Religious Studies as much as a studied examination of a movement (Islam) that is closely connected to Christianity, and of a text (the Quran) that itself claims to present the proper exegesis of Biblical narratives. Accordingly students are not assumed to have any special background in Islamic Studies or in Arabic. They will be asked, on the other hand, to apply their knowledge of the History of Christianity (and Judaism) and Biblical Studies to the study of Islamic origins .In Fall 2012 students in the seminar will have the opportunity to participate in the activities of an international Mellon Foundation project on the study of the Quran hosted at Notre Dame.

THEO 83230 - Section 01: Wrld Christ:Hist &Theo Persptv (CRN 18802)
Long Title: World Christianity and Theological Perspectives

Course Description:
In a review of Martin Marty's The Christian World: A Global History (2008), Philip Jenkins concluded with this line: ?Let me then offer a modest proposal for the creation of a non-Eurocentric humanities curriculum that is at once global, diverse, polycentric, multicultural and multiracial, one that incidentally tells the story of the wretched of the earth in terms of their deepest aspirations, and in their own voices. Let us study Christianity.? Jenkins? proposal, dripping with irony designed to tweak not a few noses, captures one of the most important historical realities of the past several decades: the enormous growth of Christianity in places outside the global North and West, into the South and East. This course explores the contours and implications of Christianity as a global reality. It will examine some of the rich explosion of scholarship that is now pouring forth on the recent and remarkable world-wide expansion of Christianity, while also putting such growth in a larger historical and theological perspective. The course readings will draw from theology, history, and the social sciences. After sampling major general interpretations (by scholars like Mark Noll, Andrew Walls, and Lamin Sanneh), readings will concentrate on cases in Africa and Asia (perhaps either eastern or southern Asia), which are regions of startling change over the last century as well as places for which scholarship is burgeoning. Some of the course readings come from the standpoint of missionary activity, but more reflect new expressions of indigenous faith. Studies of Protestant, Catholic, and independent movements are included; readings come from a wide variety of Catholic, Protestant, and secular perspectives. Short responses to weekly readings will be expected of participants. In addition, PhD students will prepare a research paper. MTS students in the course can do the same with the instructor's permission or prepare several smaller papers.

THEO 83251 - Section 01: Creation of Early Chrstn Biogr (CRN 18803)
Long Title: The Creation of Early Christian Biography

Course Description:
Beginning in the third century, late-ancient authors created the form of the biography as an instrument of praise, and also as a measure of the admirable life. For early Christian authors, both the scriptural and apocryphal lives of Jesus and the idealized biography of various philosophers provided models for the literary presentation of an ideal Christian life. This course begins with quasi-biographical treatments of Cyprian and Origen and explores a series of long and short biographies, with their theological, social-historical, and textual elements, up through the work of Gregory the Great.

THEO 83255 - Section 01: Latin West & Byzntn East (CRN 18804)
Long Title: Latin West and Byzantine East in the High and Later Middle Ages: A History of the Schism

Course Description:
The course will be based upon reading and informed discussion of source texts referring to the main events and topics in the history of relations between Latins and Byzantines from the 11th to the 15th century: the so-called "Schism of 1054"; Early Scholastic theologians (Anselm of Canterbury, Roscellin, Peter Abelard, etc.) and their attitudes towards Greeks; Pope Innocent III and the establishment of the Latin Empire in Constantinople (1204); II Council of Lyons (1274); scholastic theologians of the "classical era" (Alexander of Hales, Bonaventure, Albert the Great, Thomas Aquinas and Duns Scotus) and their attitudes towards Byzantine theology and culture; Byzantine humanists and latinophrones of the 14th and 15th centuries (Demetrios Kydones etc.) and their appeal for Christian unity; the Council of Florence (1439), its personalities, achievements and failures. The course will focus on ecclesiological self-understanding of conflicting Churches, and their respective perception of a theological and cultural "other." Special emphasis will be placed upon the developments in Latin theology that resulted from or was inspired by the encounter with the Byzantines (ecclesiology, sacramental and moral theology, canon law). A basic knowledge of Latin is required for the course. The knowledge of Greek is not necessary; however, it is desirable for greater participation in the course.

THEO 83401 - Section 01: Early Christian Liturgies (CRN 18805)

Course Description:
The aim of the seminar is to gain a critical knowledge of the primary sources that are available and of the methods used for the study of Christian worship in the first four centuries, and especially to consider the secondary literature in the field produced in recent years. Among the areas covered will be baptism, eucharist, daily prayer, and the emergence of feasts and seasons, and the course should be of value to any student interested in the development of early church.

THEO 83404 - Section 01: Reformation Liturgy Seminar (CRN 18806)

Course Description:
This research seminar studies the Liturgical Reforms and Liturgical-Sacramental Theology of the major Protestant Reformers of the sixteenth century as well as the Council of Trent and the transition from the late medieval Roman Catholic liturgical books to those produced by the Tridentine Reform.Several short seminar papers and a major research paper are required.Of interest also to HC and ST students. Latin and German helpful but not required.

THEO 83621 - Section 01: Modern Cath Moral Theology (CRN 18807)
Long Title: Modern Catholic Moral Theology

Course Description:
This course is a study of some of the important developments in moral theology from the late 18th century to date, the significant questions and trends which characterize the period, and some of the authors whose work have made significant contributions to the development of recent moral theology in the Catholic tradition.

THEO 83802 - Section 01: Postmodern Theologies (CRN 18808)

Course Description:
This year the Postmodern Theology seminar will focus exclusively on the work of Slvoj Zizek. One line of investigation pursued in the relation between Marx and Lacan (Zizek?s two master discourses) and how positively and negatively, directly and indirectly, these discourses are brought to bear on understanding Christianity and other religions. Zizek?s interpretation and adaptation of Hegel, especially in the latter?s account of religion and more specifically Christianity will also come in for discussion. Given Zizek?s interaction with other postmodern thinkers such as Badieu, Deleuze, and Derrida, the relation-difference between Zizek and these very different postmodern thinkers will be touched on throughout the seminar. Texts that will be discussed in the seminar include Tarrying with the Negative, Interrogating the Real, The Parallax View, The Monstrosity of Christ, and his recent monster book on Hegel.

THEO 83815 - Section 01: Ecclesiology (CRN 18809)

Course Description:
This is a PhD course on Ecclesiology. The content includes the doctrines of the Church from Bellarmine to von Balthasar.

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Spring 2012 Courses

THEO 83102 - Section 01: Hebrew Bible Seminar: Daniel (CRN 25990)
Long Title: Hebrew Bible Seminar: The Book of Daniel
Professor  Michael Segal

Course Description:
This course will analyze the book of Daniel, the latest of the books in the Hebrew Bible. Special attention will be paid to a close analysis and interpretation of the biblical text, including comparison between the different versions. The second half of the book, chapters 7-12, will be studied as an exemplar of apocalyptic literature, and placed in the context of contemporaneous Jewish apocalypses from the Pseudepigrapha and the Dead Sea Scrolls. In addition to the twelve chapters of the Masoretic version of the book, the course will include the Additions to Daniel found in the Septuagint.


THEO 83111 - Section 01: New Testament Seminar (CRN 25992)
Long Title: New Testament Seminar: Parables
Professor John Meier

Course Description:
This seminar will focus on Luke-Acts


THEO 83204 - Section 01: Early Christianity Seminar (CRN 25996)
Long Title: Early Christianity Seminar: Augustine
Professor John Cavadini

Course Description:
It is hard to overestimate the importance of Augustine in Western (Latin) Theology. An introduction to the main themes in Augustine's theology serves not only to introduce students to Augustine, therefore, but also to some of the most important theological concerns and preoccupations of the West. Still, it is to Augustine himself that this course will attend, and primarily to his theology, though the overall goal is to familiarize students with enough of the Augustinian corpus so that they continue to work on their own in whatever field of specialization their interests have taken them. Augustine is usually useful to scholars of other fields only in and through a familiarity with his work precisely as theological. While the course does not formally presuppose previous specialized work in Augustine, students with such familiarity will find it more manageable.


THEO 83403 - Section 01: Medieval Liturgies (CRN 28496)
Professor Michael Driscoll

Course Description:
The purpose of this seminar is to examine the various sacramental rites in the Middle Ages, especially the Eucharistic liturgy, and to attempt to reconstruct them within the context of liturgical enactment, architectural space, artistic and musical decoration, etc. The seminar must necessarily deal with liturgical texts, but this is only a first step for understanding the broader dimensions of the liturgy. Architectural, artistic and musical components will be taken into consideration. Numerous commentaries on the liturgy are also an important source for garnering the medieval understanding of the liturgy, especially in its allegorical interpretation. A tangential but key element for the understanding is the devotional and spiritual practices that grew up alongside the official liturgy. Therefore, some attention will be given to these dimensions, including liturgical drama.


THEO 83405 - Section 01: Modern Liturgy Seminar (CRN 28497)
Professor Margot Fassler

Course Description:
The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the movements, documents, issues, and personalities that gradually coalesced to form what is commonly called (in Europe and North America) "the modern liturgical movement." The period covered stretches from ca.1600 to 2000 C.E., and deals with historical developments in both post-Reformation Europe and North America, and among both Roman Catholic and Protestant churches.


THEO 83622 - Section 01: Theo and Class Social Theory (CRN 28498)
Long Title: Thology and Classical Social Theory
Professor Todd Whitmore

Course Description:
This course examines the thought of three classic social theorists: Marx, Weber, and Durkheim. It then addresses, in particular, their views on religion. Finally, it investigates theologians who have appropriated aspects of the social theorists' thought: Gutierrez (Marx), Gustafson (Weber), and M.L. King (Durkheim). We will ask how and under what terms theologians and social theorists can appropriate each other's terms and modes of inquiry.


THEO 83648 - Section 01: Ecological Ethics (CRN 28499)
Professor Margaret Pfeil

Course Description:
This course will explore the growing body of literature on ecology from the standpoint of theological ethics, attending to issues of ethical method and epistemology, systems theory, sacramentality, social location, gender, environmental racism, sustainability, and resource conflicts. It will hold contemporary theological approaches to nature and creation in conversation with patristic and medieval conceptions. Requirements include seminar presentations, short essays, and a major research paper.


THEO 83809 - Section 01: Systematic Sem:Theo Anthroplgy (CRN 28500)
Long Title: Systematic Seminar: Theological Anthropology
Professor Catherine Hilkert

Course Description:
Questions of theological anthropology lie at the heart of highly disputed theological, ecclesial, ethical, and political issues, yet the discipline itself is in question. This seminar will focus on diverse contemporary approaches to the field of (Christian) theological anthropology. The goal of this survey of selected Catholic, Protestant, and Orthodox theologians will be to identify the questions and resources within the tradition that are most in need of critical engagement and constructive development today.Issues to be engaged include: 1) the nature/grace disputes in the Catholic tradition at the beginning of the 20th century and their ongoing influence; 2) the relationship between anthropology, christology, and trinitarian theology and the appropriate starting point for theological anthropology; 3) theological understandings of personhood; 4) the impact of global human suffering and ecological devastation on Christian understandings of what it means to be human; 5)human differences, structural inequalities, and the possibility of human solidarity.In addition to regular seminar preparation and participation, students will be expected to write a final research paper of 20-25 pages or two review-essays of 10-12 pages offering critical analysis, evaluation, and comparison of required texts.


THEO 83813 - Section 01: Comparative Theology Seminar (CRN 28501)
Professor Brad Malkovsky

Course Description:
The purpose of this seminar is to introduce students of systematic theology to recent developments in the theological dialogue between Christianity and other religions, and to deepen their theological understanding of God, christology, grace, eschatology and religious experience through the encounter with three specific faiths: Hinduism, Buddhism and Islam. This course presupposes no previous knowledge of other religions; it is designed to provide the student with a solid theological foundation for further scholarly research or for incorporation in the classroom. Required: oral presentation, class discussion, two analytical papers.


THEO 83829 - Section 01: Phenomenology (CRN 28931)
Long Title: Phenomenology of Religions
Professor Larry Sullivan

Course Description:
The course has a primary focus on a body of case materials on the religious life of specific communities approached through various methodological lenses: ethnography, history, cultural analysis, theology, philosophy. The aim of the course is to draw out, identify, and analyze the underlying orientations taken toward religious phenomena and to evaluate both the fact as reported as well as the interpretations of them. In the end, the course should develop both a morphological map of the religious ideas and practices of given communities as well as the hermeneutical map of the methods through which the investigators obtained their understandings.

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