Religion Department

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."