Tuesday mornings (10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.) or afternoons (4:00–6:00 p.m.)
ICJS minicourses provide adult learners with an opportunity to delve into a subject in dialogue between two religions over a series of three weeks each. Choose from morning or afternoon sessions, as the same program repeats.
Reading the Bible at the Border of Judaism and Christianity (Tuesdays, Jan 19, 26, Feb 2)
Instructors: Benjamin Sax, ICJS Jewish Scholar & Heather Miller Rubens, ICJS Executive Director and Roman Catholic Scholar
While Jews and Christians read many of the same sacred texts—including passages from the Torah, the Prophets, and the Psalms—they do so differently. In this minicourse, we will read selections from The Bible With and Without Jesus: How Jews and Christians Read the Same Stories Differently, by Amy-Jill Levine and Marc Zvi Brettler. Together, we will examine how and why Jews and Christians have interpreted the Bible differently over the ages, as well as explore how these two biblical scholars frame interreligious issues.
10:00 A.M.-12:00 P.M.
Jesus at the Border of Islam and Judaism (Feb 23, Mar 2, 9)
Instructors: Zeyneb Sayilgan, ICJS Muslim Scholar & Benjamin Sax, ICJS Jewish Scholar
Both Muslim and Jewish thinkers have written about Jesus and the role he plays in the respective traditions. Even though the importance of Jesus varies according to each tradition, the variety and depth of views about Jesus by Jews and Muslims provides a fascinating and important way into interreligious dialogue. In this minicourse, we will explore a few Muslim and Jewish interpretations of Jesus over the centuries in order to appreciate (a) how the central figure of Christianity played a role both dialogically and polemically in Jewish–Muslim, Jewish–Christian, and Muslim–Christian relationships, and (b) how these discussions can provide useful and interesting ways into interreligious dialogue today.
10:00 A.M.-12:00 P.M.
Law and Freedom at the Border of Christianity and Islam (Apr 20, 27, May 4)
Instructors: Matthew D. Taylor, ICJS Protestant Scholar & Zeyneb Sayilgan, ICJS Muslim Scholar
From the seventh to the twenty-first century, Muslims and Christians have been dialoguing and debating about religious freedom, the role of religious law, and what it means to do the will of God. In this minicourse, participants will explore Christian–Muslim conversations and debates in history and the present, considering some of the following questions: What do Muslims make of the language of Christian freedom from the New Testament? How can Christians understand the idea of the Shariʿah (Islamic Law)? Why have these debates been a major source of Muslim–Christian mutual misinterpretation?