Vancouver School of Theology

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IPT/C5/712 – Sacred Texts & Oral Traditions

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

This course will provide an introduction to sacred scripture and oral narrative in four traditions: Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and Indigenous Traditions. For each tradition, we will read selected primary and secondary sources in order to consider the content of these sacred teachings, their history and development, techniques of transmission, interpretive practices, and cultural significance. Together, we will develop a group understanding of the meaning of the word “sacred” in the phrase “sacred texts and oral traditions.” Two field trips and featured guest teachers will enhance our learning.

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