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THE 381 The Bible: Combat Zone or Common Treasure (3 credits)

Although Jews and Christians share manhy of the same scriptural books, their respective collections are differently organized and named. Christians refer to their collection as the "Old Testament," while Jews call their texts the "Tanakh" (an acronym for the Hebrew words for Teaching, Prophets, and Writings). Despite, or because, of this commonality, Christians and Jews have often battled over these scriptures’ meanings. This course examines why the Bible has been a source of conflict between the two groups, with a focus on certain key passages, and why that is currently changing—as evidenced in recent official Catholic instructions. Religious Difference.