Scriptures of the World

Discipline: Religion General
Instructor: Mlecko
Credits: 3
Day: C
Start: 1520
End: 1635
Field Work: Day 1 - Dublin - Thursday, 10 July | Ireland Download Syllabus

Among the most important and influential literatures are the scriptures of the world’s religions.  They are centrally important to their religious traditions.  Around these scriptures, religious adherents have expressed some of their deepest feelings and most basic insights, not only regarding the objects of their worship but also concerning themselves, others, and their environments.  And in these scriptures adherents find the pathways to fully living life in the here and now.  In a nonsectarian manner, this course examines the variety of scriptures, some of their similarities and differences, and contemporary critiques.  The countries visited on our voyage are, of course, influenced by Jewish and Christian scriptures and to a lesser extent by Islamic scripture.  Comparison & contrast and a global context will be provided by also considering major themes of scriptures from Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, and Daoism.

Field Work

Country: Ireland
Day: 1 - Dublin - Thursday, 10 July

In studying scriptures, interpreting content is a prime concern.  But why is a scripture authoritative in the first place, legitimate after multiple transcriptions and translations, a moral standard for different generations and different parts of the world?  These are issues which arise as we view and learn about the Book of Durrow and the Book of Kells, illuminated Gospels from the 7th and 9th centuries, Trinity College Library, Dublin. Academic Objectives: 1.  To link classroom and fieldwork activities. 2.  To develop a more scholarly, in-depth approach to understanding scriptures