Vancouver School of Theology

Forming thoughtful, engaged and generous Christian leaders for the church in the 21st century


IPC/TH 572—Foundational Traditions in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam

View outline (PDF)   Instructor(s): Rabbi Dr. Laura Duhan Kaplan

In this introductory-level course, we will explore stories of the formation and early development of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. We will examine both traditional and historical accounts; compare and contrast common characteristics, e.g., founders, sacred sites, defining events, male and female figures, and embedded counter-narratives; explore ways in which the three religions’ stories dialogue with one another; discuss the traditional and contemporary function of authoritative narratives; and learn about their spiritual significance to religious practitioners.

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