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Reception of Christian and Jewish Traditions

Module titleReception of Christian and Jewish Traditions
Module codeTHEM123
Academic year2019/0
Module staff

Professor Morwenna Ludlow (Convenor)

Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks


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Module description

During its initial weeks this module offers the opportunity to consider a range of approaches to the study of how Christian and Jewish traditions have been received and interpreted in varying historical contexts. You will be introduced to the diverse modes of research in this area currently taking place at Exeter with an eye to then formulating their own in-depth project that engages with cutting-edge scholarship in the field. This project, pursued during later weeks of the module, might include reception of Christian and Jewish thought in varying historical contexts, and may involve interaction with numerous modes of expression, including art, architecture or written texts.

Module aims - intentions of the module

This module aims to:

  • provide students with a sense of what research into the reception of Christian and Jewish traditions is currently being developed at Exeter
  • facilitate an in-depth project supervised by a member of staff working in this area
  • introduce you to a range of methodologies that may be brought to studying the reception of Christian and Jewish traditions, as well as the different historical contexts focused on by various scholars at Exeter
  • enable students to develop in-depth work with supervision by a leading expert in the field

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

ILO: Module-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 1. engage with recent scholarship concerned with the reception of Christian and Jewish traditions
  • 2. critically assess, in depth, one case study example related to the reception of Christian and Jewish traditions

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 3. appreciate the role of historical context in shaping the reception of religious ideas and/or practice
  • 4. critically evaluate the evolution of religious traditions in response to changing conditions

ILO: Personal and key skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 5. develop a project that engages contemporary scholarship
  • 6. shape detailed information into a clear written account
  • 7. show significant originality and rigour in argument
  • 8. demonstrate independent and critical research skills
  • 9. convey ideas to your peers through oral presentation

Syllabus plan

Whilst the content may vary from year to year, it is envisioned that it will cover some or all of the following topics:

  • introduction
  • research specialisms at Exeter
  • discussion of project proposals
  • oral presentation of project focus
  • directed research with supervisor

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled learning and teaching activities5Seminars
Scheduled learning and teaching activities1Oral presentation
Scheduled learning and teaching activities3Supervision meeting
Guided independent study 291Guided independent study

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Annotated bibliography1000 words1, 8Oral

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Oral presentation1015 minutes1-5, 7-9Written
Essay906000 words1-8Written

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Oral presentation101-5, 7-9Refer/Defer period
Essay901-8Refer/Defer period

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

  • Morwenna Ludlow and Scott Douglass (eds.), Reading the Church Fathers (T & T Clark, 2011)
  • Emma Loosley and Anthony Mahony (eds.), Eastern Christianity in the Modern Middle East (Routledge, 2013)
  • Jonathan Hill and Anna Marmodoro, The Metaphysics of Incarnation (Oxford University Press, 2011)
  • Siam Bhayro, Aramaic Bowl Spells (Magical and Religious Literature of Late Antiquity) (Brill, 2013)
  • David Tollerton, The Book of Job in Post-Holocaust Thought (Sheffield Phoenix, 2012)

Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

  • ELE –

Key words search

Jewish, Christian, Reception

Credit value30
Module ECTS


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