Philosophy & Religion Progarms
The Rise of the Synagogue in Jewish Life

According to the New Testament, Jesus and Paul preached in synagogues. But two thousand years ago, the Jerusalem Temple was the focal point of the Jewish religion. Archaeologist Jodi Magness explores the origins of the synagogue and its evolving role in religious Jewish life in the centuries after the Temple’s destruction in 70 A.D.

Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
The King James Bible: Its Background, Creation, and Influence

The King James Bible of 1611 is one of the most influential books in the English language. Learn about the creation of this landmark translation—the culmination of a long and often unquiet history of the Bible in English dating back as far as 1000 A.D.

Saturday, March 17, 2018 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
Women in Islam: Ideals and Realities

Islamic scholar Zeyneb Sayilgan sheds light on the status of women in the Islamic tradition and analyzes why and how the lived realities of Muslim women at times contradict the religious ideals. 

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
The Artistic Legacy of Byzantium

The interplay of imperial ambitions, luxury, and faith are reflected in the sumptuous art and architecture of the Eastern Roman Empire under Christian rule. Art historian Lawrence Butler explores Byzantium’s greatest contributions to world art and considers its legacy in today’s Orthodox Christian world. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)

Saturday, April 7, 2018 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
The History of Judaism

How has Judaism preserved its distinctive identity over the course of more than three millennia? Learn how this great religion came to be, how it has evolved from one age to the next, and how various strains, sects, and traditions have related to each other, in this fascinating overview of one of the world’s oldest religions.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
The Archaeology of Judaism

The period of post-biblical Judaism is exceedingly rich in archaeological evidence, found both in Israel and in the lands of an ever-widening Diaspora. In an illustrated all-day program, biblical scholar Gary Rendsburg synthesizes archaeological findings and literary evidence to reveal a multifaceted portrait of Jewish life in late antiquity.

Saturday, May 5, 2018 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
Chapels That Defined the Renaissance

The Scrovegni Chapel in Padua, Florence’s Brancacci Chapel, and the Sistine Chapel in Rome: each are home to works by artists who presented a revolutionary visual interpretation of Christian iconography. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)

Sunday, May 6, 2018 - 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.