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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Jewish and Christian Dialogue
Module Code TP534
School 59
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Peter Admirand
Semester 2: Peter Admirand
Autumn: Peter Admirand
Module TeachersPeter Admirand
NFQ level 9 Credit Rating 10
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

This module aims to present an overview of Judaism and examine some of the main areas of dialogue and disagreement in the context of Jewish-Christian relations. A foundational goal is to facilitate an engagement with Judaism through a selection of Jewish texts or studies about Judaism from the Biblical, Rabbinic, Medieval, Enlightenment (Haskalah), Post-Enlightenment (post-Haskalah), Shoah, and post-Shoah periods. Building upon this background, we will begin to access the history of Jewish-Christian relations, particularly some of the major strides that have been made since the horrors of the Shoah and to recognise the most promising areas, texts, and figures for improved Jewish-Christian dialogue as well as the best approaches in grappling with key areas of ongoing disagreement. The students will also be encouraged to attend local monthly meetings of the Irish Council of Christians and Jews during the term and to visit the Irish Jewish Museum.

Learning Outcomes

1. Understand key facets of Judaism, from key events in the Tanach to core themes of Rabbinic Judaism and the Haskalah.
2. Discuss the diversity of Jewish Post-Holocaust Theology.
3. Utilize theological and moral reasoning to evaluate changes and growth in Christian theologies since the Shoah.
4. Describe post-Holocaust Christologies and their impact on Jewish-Christian relations.
5. Analyse the current state of Jewish-Christian dialogue and relations, especially regarding discussions on Jesus; religious pluralism; covenant; ethics; Islam; and the State of Israel.
6. Communicate effectively, in both written and oral forms.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture24No Description
Directed learning96No Description
Class Presentation20No Description
Assignment Completion100No Description
Independent Study10No Description
Total Workload: 250

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

“Jewish Continuity and How to Achieve It” (J. Sacks)
Will examine contemporary problems of identity and areas of strength in Jewish identity today

Living Judaism
Study how Jewish life is lived and practiced today.

Biblical and Rabbinic Judaism
Survey of key Texts and Figures in the Tanakh and Talmud.

Levinas and the Talmud
Will study sample texts from Levinas on the Talmud.

From Maimionides to The Kabbalah to The Jewish Enlightenment
Historical overview of Jewish History from the time of Maimonides to the Haskalah

The Shoah and Post-Holocaust Jewish Thought
Will study central texts and figures of post-Shoah Jewish (and Christian) thought and the impact of the Shoah on Judaism (and Christianity)

Jewish Annotated New Testament and Jewish Readings/Critiques of Christianity
Will examine Jewish readings/critiques of the New Testament and Christian Beliefs

Christology and Multiple Covenants: Christian Perspectives
Will examine the changing, post-Nostra Aetate Christian view on Judaism and the covenant never revoked.

Jewish-Christian Dialogue Today: Case Studies—1. Sisters of Sion and 2. The International Council of Christians and Jew
Two contemporary case studies of Jewish-Christian Dialogue today will be studied.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reflective journalReview of journal article dealing with some aspect in Jewish-Christian relations, dialogue, or theology. 1 page single-spaced typed (1200-1500 words)30%Week 5
Research PaperResearch Paper of 3500-3800 words on a topic in Jewish-Christian Dialogue and relations.50%Week 11
Presentation10-15 Minute presentation on a weekly reading/theme.20%n/a
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Amy-Jill Levine and Marc Zvi Brettler: 0, The Jewish Annotated New Testament 2nd Edition, 978-019046185
  • Philip A. Cunningham: 0, Seeking Shalom, Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 9780802872098
  • M. Moyaert and D Pollefeyt: 0, Never Revoked: Nostra Aetate as Ongoing Challenge for Jewish-Christian Dialogue, 978-904292236
  • Mary C Boys and Sara S. Lee: 0, Christians & Jews in Dialogue: Learning in the Presence of the Other, 978-159473254
  • Elena G. Procario-Foley,Robert A. Cathey: 0, Righting Relations After the Holocaust and Vatican II, 9780809153350
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