Due for Class
Watch for Class
No Crash Course this time, but our discussion of Judaism will make a lot more sense if you read a primer on the religion & it's history.
I recommend you read ONE (not all) of the following resources:
- Patheos Religion Library: Judaism - “Overview”, “Beginnings,” “Influences,” “Sacred Texts,” and “Sacred Narratives (Plus any other sections that are of interest to you)
- Khan Academy: Judaism: An Introduction; Jewish History to the Middle Ages
- BBC Religions: Judaism: "At a glance," "History" (minus "British Jews" and "Readmission"), and "Texts" are the most relevant sections. You do not have to read everything, but do take some time to explore and get a sense of the important aspects of the religion.
Agenda for Class
Slides will be posted by the start of class
Q & A - Any questions from last class? Add them in the comments.
Discussion: The Epic of Gilgamesh
- THE HERO - What do we, at present, expect from heroes? What do the Sumerians seem to expect from heroes? Is Gilgamesh a hero?
- THE DEITIES - You could think about relationships to humans, characteristics of the deities, how they show up in the story, and/or if anything is surprising about them…
- THE WOMEN - Let’s start with the assumption that the women are not just objectified. They have varied roles and jobs in the text. They have agency. And then we can talk about objectification.
- THE MEN - What is Gilgamesh and Enkidu’s friendship like? What qualities make them masculine - and do these qualities differ from masculinity today?
- MARKERS OF CIVILIZATION - How does Enkidu become civilized? Why is Gilgamesh maybe not so civilized? Is Uruk a civilized place?
Content: Experiments in Monotheism
Thumbnail Image: Caravaggio, The Sacrifice of Isaac (Wikipedia)