Check out the Religion and Jewish-Christian Studies course offerings for Spring 2015–registration period coming soon!

Religion Department Course Offerings

-Spring 2015-

For Undergraduates:
RELS 3598/CORE 3: Science and Theology
MW, 12:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
KC Choi, Ph.D.

RELS 3592/POLS 2690: Religion, Politics, and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Tuesday/Thursday, 3:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Issam Aburaya, Ph.D.

RELS 3102/CORE 3: Bible, Film, and Popular Culture
Monday, 5 – 7:30 p.m.
Colleen Conway, Ph.D.

JCST 7047/RELS 3402/CORE 3: Philosophic Perspectives on the Holocaust
Tuesday, 5 – 7:10 p.m.
Rabbi Alan Brill, Ph.D.

RELS 2416: Islamic Spirituality and Mysticism
Wednesday, 5 – 7:30 p.m.
Gisela Webb, Ph.D.

RELS 2121/ARCH 1114: Archaeology and the Bible
Monday/Wednesday, 2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Charles Carter, Ph.D.

RELS 2520/CAST 2520/CORE 3: Catholic Social Teaching
Tuesday/Thursday, 12:30 – 1:45 p.m.
Michael Maloney, Ph.D.

RELS 3598/CAST 4391/CORE 3: Faith and Fashion
Wednesday, 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Nancy Harding

RELS 1302/CAST 1302: Introduction to Catholic Theology
Tuesday/Thursday, 9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Monsignor James Cafone

For Graduate Students in Jewish-Christian Studies:

JCST 6014: Lessons from the Holocaust: Trauma and Resilience
Wednesday, 5 – 7:10 p.m.
David Bossman, Ph.D.

JCST 6020: Jewish History I: Bible to Talmud
Tuesday, 5 – 7:10 p.m.
David Bossman, Ph.D.

JCST 7585: Comparative Study of Judaism and Christianity
Monday, 4:00 – 6:10 p.m.
Rabbi Alan Brill, Ph.D.

JCST 7047/RELS 3402/CORE 3: Philosophic Perspectives on the Holocaust
Tuesday, 5 – 7:10 p.m.
Rabbi Alan Brill, Ph.D.

JCST 6006: Hebrew Bible Readings II
Rev. Lawrence Frizzell, D.Phil

JCST 6011: Biblical Thought II: Paul and John
Monday, 6:15 – 8:25 p.m.
Rev. Lawrence Frizzell, D. Phil.

JCST 6022: Judaism of the Second Temple Period
Thursday, 6:15 – 8:25 p.m.
Rev. Lawrence Frizzell, D.Phil

Dr. Amy-Jill Levine of Vanderbilt University to Deliver Wilf Lecture this Sunday at Seton Hall


Join us for our Dr. Marcia Robbins Wilf Lecture

Hearing Jesus’ Parables Through Jewish Ears

Featuring Dr. Amy-Jill Levine
Vanderbilt Divinity School and College of Arts and Science

Sunday, October 26, 2014
3-4:30 p.m.
Jubilee Hall Auditorium

Dr. Amy-Jill Levine is University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies, E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Professor of New Testament Studies, and Professor of Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt Divinity School and College of Arts and Science. She is also Affiliated Professor, Centre for the Study of Jewish-Christian Relations, Cambridge, UK.

Jesus’ parables were designed to unsettle listeners and prompt them to see the world in a different way. Contemporary interpretations of Jesus’ parables lose their original provocation and the genius of His teaching. These parables require an understanding of Jesus’ Jewish context. How would those short stories by Jesus have been heard by their original Jewish audience, and how might they speak to both Jews and Christians today?

Professor Levine is an engaging speaker and prolific author. Her latest book is titled “Short Stories by Jesus: The Enigmatic Parables of a Controversial Rabbi.”

Reception to follow the lecture.

This event is free and open to the public through the generosity of the Dr. Marcia Robbins Wilf Lecture Endowment.

R.S.V.P. requested; please call (973) 761-9006 or go to


Upcoming Lecture by Dr. Camille Lewis Brown

Dr. Camille Lewis Brown, the Associate Superintendent for the Archdiocese of Baltimore, will be giving a talk titled, “Called by Name: A Catholic Educator’s Response to the Gospel.”  The lecture will be held in the Atrium, Jubilee Hall, 5pm, Tuesday, October 7.  The Religion Department is a co-sponsor for the lecture.

For more information, please click on the following link:

Camille Lewis Brown Lecture Announcement

Former U.S. Ambassador Francis Rooney to Speak at Seton Hall

An upcoming talk at Seton Hall by L. Francis Rooney, the former U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican.  The talk will be held next Thursday, October 2, 2014, 2:30pm, in the Chancellor’s Suite, University Center. The School of Diplomacy at Seton Hall is hosting the event, along with co-sponsorship from the Department of Religion and other departments. Mark your calendars!  This should be a very engaging lecture!

For more information, go to or The Global Vatican Flyer-1

New Changes to the Religion Major–New Opportunities!

As of Fall 2014, Religion majors may take 2-3 classes (6-9 credits) in other departments to meet program requirements. The courses listed below are acceptable for the program requirement specified; other courses may be approved by the department on a case-by-case basis. Courses taken outside the Religion Department can count for upper level (i.e., 2xxx, 3xxx) electives only. Courses outside the Department do not substitute for Rels. 2010 or Rels. 4010.

The following courses have been approved for inclusion in the Religion major (additional courses may be approved by the Religion Department chair on a case-by-case-basis):

  1. SOCI 3816: West African Derived Religions in the Americas in Dialogue with Catholicism
  2. SOCI 2412: The Sociology of Religion
  3. ANTH 2412: Anthropology of Religion
  4. PSYCH 1223: Psychology of Religion [only as elective]
  5. PSYC 3330: Neuropsychology of Religious Experience
  6. DIPL 3851: Religion, Law and War
  7. DIPL 3850: Church, State and Politics in Latin America
  8. POLS 3412: Church-State-Law-Pol in US
  9. POLS 3611: Political Ferment-Mid East
  10. POLS 3101: Catholics in the Political Process
  11. POLS 3696: Philanthropy and Christianit

These new changes to the major do not apply to students from the Honors Program majoring in Religion.

For more information on the Religion major, please see

Great News for Seton Hall Honors Students! A Religion Major Just For You

After completing the 4 Honors Colloquia, Honors students may complete the Religion Major by fulfilling the following requirements: 12 credits from the Religion Department’s 2000 or 3000-level courses, 6 credits of which must be at the 3000-level.

Check out for more information.  Or, contact Dr. KC Choi, the Chair of the Religion Department, at


Gisela Webb on Interreligious Dialogue at Grinnell College

The following Religion Department news item has been published on the Seton Hall University Website, under the News and Events column at


Professor Gisela Webb of the Department of Religion has been invited by Grinnell College (Iowa) to participate in the symposium A Muslim Saint in Iowa: Interreligious Dialogue and the Legacy of the Emir Abd el-Kader.

The symposium, according to Grinnell College, “commemorates the United Nations International Day of Peace on September 21, 2014 as reflected in the life of the Emir Abd el-Kader (1808-1883). An exemplary Muslim, a celebrated military hero of Algeria in opposing French colonization, and an international peacemaker (savior of 12,000 Christians in Damascus), the Emir Abd el-Kader was hailed as ‘one of the few great men of the century’ (NY Times).”

In honor of the Emir’s ongoing legacy, the symposium will feature a scholarly panel focusing on enduring voices of “Interreligious Dialogue in Action: Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Perspectives.”

As an invited member of the panel, Professor Webb will speak on Pope John XXIII’s views on interreligious studies, interfaith marriage, and social justice. The symposium will be held from September 21 to September 23, 2014. More information on the symposium can be found on

“Kinship of Catholic and Jews” Programming Update

Dr. George Faithful, one of our university core post-doc teaching fellows, was interviewed by our very own Father Larry Frizzell about his new book Mothering the Fatherland (Oxford, 2014) for WSOU’s (89.5 FM) “Kinship of Catholics and Jews.” The program will be broadcast on Sunday, August 17, 2014 at 8:30 am. Later it will be available in the I-tunes archive of the Institute of Judaeo-Christian Studies. Wake up early this Sunday (if 8:30am is early for you) and tune into Seton Hall’s radio station!