Early Christian Rhetoric

An examination of the rhetorics (persuasive strategies) of early Christian literature, and how they were rooted in the ancient paideia (education system) and forms of public life in the Greco-Roman world.   We shall focus on significant points of intersection with the Greco-Roman rhetorical tradition in terms of style, “nvention, arrangement, memory and delivery, by triangulated close readings each week in Greek of selected early Christian writings, Greco-Roman rhetorical compositions, and samples of rhetorical theory.  The early Christian texts will range from the Pauline letters to the

Introductory Qur'anic Arabic I

This course is the first in a 3-quarter sequence “Introduction to Qur’anic Arabic” (IQA), which aims to provide students with foundational philological and reading skills by covering the essentials of Qur’anic/Classical Arabic grammar. The 3 quarters of IQA are sequential, and students are strongly encouraged to join in the first quarter. Exceptions can be made on a case by case basis.

Minor Classics in Ethics

This is an informal, non-credit reading group consisting of RETH Faculty and Master’s and doctoral students interested in religious ethics. Readings are article-length.  They have revitalized forgotten themes or have launched new problems for moral philosophy, social thought, theology, and religious ethics.  Autumn quarter readings include writings by Martin Luther King, Jr., Reinhold Niebuhr, Max Weber, Stanley Hauerwas, and Stephen Toulmin.   The format is informal.  Students should come prepared to identify one sentence or paragraph that they find illuminating, obscure, or problematic.