Religion Department

Professor Randall Balmer's new book on President Jimmy Carter

Professor Randall Balmer's new book, Redeemer: The Life of Jimmy Carter, has just been published by Basic Books. The Spring, 2014, issue of "Here in Hanover" magazine featured an article about it, New Hampshire Public Radio interviewed Professor Balmer about it, and it's just been reviewed in the New York Times Book Review.

Professor Christopher MacEvitt named ACLS Fellow

Professor Christopher MacEvitt has been awarded a Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies. As a Burkhardt Fellow, he will spend the 2015-16 academic year at the American Academy in Rome, working on a book-length study of the fourteenth-century Mediterranean from two competing perspectives of Jerusalem, “Jerusalem Lost: the Holy Land and Islam in Christian Memory.” The first preserved the memory of Jerusalem among the Latin individuals and ecclesiastical institutions that fled from the Holy Land before the Mamluk conquest in 1291. The second perspective was that of western Europeans in the same era who re-imagined the Holy Land through local recreations, such as Nativity scenes and the Holy House of Loreto, and through the Franciscan presence in the Holy Land itself, an image that left little place for the crusader kingdom that had flourished for two centuries.

New Summer Term Course!

REL 19 (10A) When People Were Gods (Instructor: Visiting Edinburgh Professor Matthew Novenson)
In ancient religions, the boundary between gods and human beings was penetrable. This was true not only for Greek and Romans, but in different ways for Jews and Christians, as well. In this class we will read ancient accounts of Moses, Julius Caesar, Jesus of Nazareth, and other people who became gods. We will also consider views of the nature of the gods from the Hebrew Bible, the New Testament, and contemporary Graeco-Roman texts. Open to all classes.

  

 

 

 

 

 

Professor Susan Ackerman appointed president of ASOR

Professor Susan Ackerman has been appointed president of the American Schools of Oriental Research, an organization that supports and encourages the study of the Near East, from the earliest times to the present. ASOR has more than ninety consortium institutions, including universities, seminaries, museums, foundations, and libraries, and it has more than 1,550 individual members. Read Professor Ackerman's  "Welcome from the President" here.

Professor Susannah Heschel gives keynote address

On December 7, 2013, Professor Susannah Heschel gave the keynote address at Erudition and Commitment: A conference in honour of Angelika Neuwirth, held at the Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften in Berlin. The theme of her talk was "Islam and Jewish-German Self Understanding."

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