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.

  

 

 

 

 

 

2014 James & David Orr Lecture

On Thursday, April 24, 2014, at 4:15pm in 041 Haldeman Hall, Farid Esack (Department of Religion Studies, University of Johannesburg, South Africa) will present the Department of Religion's James & David Orr Lecture on Culture and Religion at Dartmouth College. The title of his talk is The Contemporary Democracy and the Human Rights Project – Challenges for the Progressive Muslim Intellectual. A reception will follow, and all are invited to attend.

2014 orr Lecture

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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The Legacy of a Nazi Church

A group that includes an imam, a rabbi, and a minister plans to build a multi-faith prayer space atop the ruins of St. Peter’s Church in Berlin, but critics say the group is ignoring the site’s “horrific past,” The Atlantic writes.

Noted German historian Manfred Gailus has brought attention to the site’s history, says the magazine, including the notoriously anti-Semitic pastor of the church during the 1940s, Walter Hoff, and his role in the Holocaust.

Gailus’ academic colleague, Professor of Religion Susannah Heschel, who holds the Eli Black Professorship in Jewish Studies at Dartmouth, corroborates Gailus’ view of the pastor. Heschel tells the magazine, “Up until the 1980s, when American historians started to investigate the role of German churches in National Socialism, German church historians only focused on the resistance movement. Their story was that the Church was opposed to Hitler. And it wasn’t. Some members opposed Hitler, but many did not—many pastors actively backed Hitler.”

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