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BHUM 17A08 - The Religious Roots of Human Evil

Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Autumn 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English

Pre-requisite

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Course Description

The story of the deluge in the Hebrew Bible discusses human evil and the purge of humanity that ensued. The story ends with the declaration of Yhwh that all men are evil from youth, and thus underlies one of the most fundamental issues in monotheism – how to absolve human evil. In this course, we will discuss several monotheistic texts that aim at tackling this problem, from the Hebrew Bible to the New Testament, through medieval Muslim, Christian and Jewish thinkers. Some questions will be posed: What is the root of evil? If evil exists, does it come from God? Is God also evil? What is the difference between Good and Evil? Why do the pious suffer while evil men rejoice? And what can a king or a spiritual leader do to fight evil? Every two weeks we will read a text in class and at home, followed by an intensive in-class discussion on the matter.

Teachers

BAR MAYMON, Meir (Enseignant indépendant)