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Feature Fall Course

Feature Fall Course

Each section of RELI 235 is unique. Students read different kinds of literature and about different religions depending on each section of this course. This fall semester 235-007 in particular will focus on the unique ancient creation and hero myths of Native Americans, specifically the ancient Maya. They built pyramids. They invented the zero and the rubber ball. They created an elaborate writing system long before the arrival of European missionaries. And when Christian missionaries did eventually arrive in the 1500s the Maya secretly wrote down their religious stories. Rediscovered centuries later, these Native American legends and the way they were told influenced contemporary literature around the world, namely magical realism. Believe it or not, this course will examine all of this during the fall in RELI 235-007, M/W 10:30am-11:45am.

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New Fall Course!

New Fall Course!

3,000 years of beautiful tradition, from Moses to Sandy Koufax. No understanding of the history of the West but especially of the contemporary Middle East, but also of American humor from stand-up comedy to TV and film, or even other Abrahamic religions like Christianity and Islam is complete without at least a solid introductory knowledge of Judaism. RELI 370 is that introductory course as well as the core course for a minor in Judaic Studies. Be there or be two corners shy of a six-pointed star. T/Th noon-1:15pm.

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New This Fall: Paul and His Letters (RELI 335)

New This Fall: Paul and His Letters (RELI 335)

The letters of the Apostle Paul are the earliest texts in the New Testament and provide important information about the earliest communities of Jesus-followers. This class interrogates the social and historical contexts of these letters while also exploring their rich and dynamic interpretive histories, paying close attention to the ways that they have been used (and misused) in ethical debates and calls for political action since the earliest days of the Jesus Movement. Sound cool? Join us in RELI 335, Fall 2021, T/Th 4:30-5:45.

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University Announces 2020 Winter Graduation

University Announces 2020 Winter Graduation

All 2020 graduates, from spring, summer, and fall, are invited to participate in George Mason University’s 2020 Winter Graduation on Thursday, December 17, at 2:00 pm, on GMU-TV. Following the ceremony, CHSS graduates are invited to join the college for its own festivities.

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Rewriting Maya Religion

Rewriting Maya Religion

Through sixteenth-century indigenous-language sources, the book traces how the first missionaries to the Maya repurposed native religious ideas, myths, and rhetoric in their efforts to translate Christianity and how, in this wake, Maya elites began to write their own religious texts, like the Popol Vuh.

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