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VDS Concentrations:

Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies 

The cultures of the Mediterranean and Near East have exerted a formative influence on identity and practice in a number of religious traditions, including Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Students in this concentration are invited to learn a variety of disciplinary approaches to the study of religion as part of the cultures of the Mediterranean and Near East. Although there are no chronological limits to the focus of this concentration, the course offerings focus primarily on ancient and medieval cultures and languages. The subjects studied through a variety sources including textual, linguistic, material, geographic, and visual evidence. The courses offer a variety of approaches drawn from the disciplines of history, philology, visual arts, literary analysis, gender analysis, biblical studies, post-colonial studies, and the social sciences. Students are particularly encouraged to diachronically examine the reception and intersection of cultural and social forms and institutions.

Learning Goals:

  1. Students will become familiar with the cultural and social history the Mediterranean and Near East as a context for the development of religious traditions.

  2. Students will become familiar with textual, philological, and material approaches to the study of the religions of the ancient and medieval Mediterranean and Near East.

  3. Students will gain facility in the teaching and research practices use to study the cultures of the Mediterranean and Near East.

Current Steering Committee: David Michelson (Convener), Annalisa Azzoni , Fernando Segovia , Leong Seow

 

Required Courses: None. 

Additional Requirements: None 

 

Praxis Options: This could be satisfied by archeological work (Maymester courses such as DIV 6531 Jezreel Expedition), field education as an undergraduate teaching assistant (at Belmont or Vanderbilt), working as a faculty research assistant (for example on grant funded research in the digital humanities), or immersion courses in the Mediterranean or Middle East. Course Projections: The courses may not include the core courses in Hebrew Bible, New Testament, or Histories of Global Christianities (if taken as Core).

 

Course Projections:

Fall 2020:

5101 Staff Elementary Biblical Hebrew I 

5103 Staff Beginning Greek I 

6510 Marbury Empire and Canon 

6534 Seow Job, Literature and Visual Arts 

6551 Azzoni Akkadian II 

6571 Marbury African American Biblical Hermeneutics 

6614 Levine Parables of Jesus 

6617 Levine Gospel of Luke 

6645 Segovia Political Biblical Criticism 

6646 Segovia Postcolonial Biblical Criticism 

 

Spring 2021:

NEW Azzoni Law in Hebrew Bible and Ancient Near East 

5101 Staff Elementary Biblical Hebrew I 

5103 Staff Beginning Greek I 

6520 Seow Book of Daniel 

6535 Seow Hebrew Poetry 

6571 Marbury African American Hermeneutics II 

6603 Levine Gospel of Mark (Prison Context)