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REL 314-16 Women in the Bible: Gender and Culture
This course is a critical analysis of women figures in biblical texts and contexts, using historical, anthropological, sociological, feminist, literary and theological methodologies. Students will gain the skills necessary to interpret biblical stories of women in light of the contexts of the times, in ancient Israel and 1st– 2nd century Palestine and nearby areas in the New Testament period.

June 9–July 5, 2014
Online
Nancy Lee

REL 320-16 The Emergence of Christian Thought
Traces the historical development of crucial Christian doctrines including the Trinity, the two natures of Christ, and original sin in the early Christian centuries together with the medieval and Reformation development and modification of these doctrines. The contemporary relevance of the Christian tradition is emphasized.

June 9–July 5, 2014
Lecture: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
6:30–10:00 p.m., Old Main, Room 102
Mladen Turk

REL 371-20 South Africa: Service and Interdisciplinary Study
This international course examines South Africa's political history, traditional and colonial cultures, religions, the new South Africa of the post-apartheid era, and social challenges related to education, poverty and health care. Students do service work with organizations and schools in the Cape Town area and travel to historic sites in Soweto, Johannesburg, District Six, Robben Island, the Cape of Good Hope and Entabeni game reserve. Class meets February 19, March 19, April 16 and May 14. Travel dates: July 15 to August 2, 2014.

July 14–August 2, 2014
Therese Wehman

REL 468-40 Internship
Internships are intended to provide supervised, hands-on, work-related experience in possible career paths in religious institutions, in religiously sponsored organizations, or jobs underwritten by religious bodies in independent secular institutions. Students may take their internship for credit as an elective or as part of their major or minor in the department.  Inquiries should be made to the full-time faculty of the department in the term preceding the anticipated internship. Registration for internships must receive departmental approval.  Prerequisite or concurrent enrollment: REL 280 or REL 281.

June 9–August 2, 2014
Ronald K. Beauchamp

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