A 2020 course by Manasicha Akepiyapornchai at Cornell University “explores the Bhagavadgītā in different aspects to answer the question of how powerful a religious text can be. We will discuss how translations, commentaries, biographies, and scholarly sources shape the Bhagavadgītā and contribute to its popularity in the premodern and contemporary histories.”
A 2020 course by Bryan Lowe at Princeton University” introduces Buddhist texts and genres from ancient and medieval Japan (roughly eighth through twelfth centuries). . . . with the goal of gaining familiarity with writing styles and vocabulary in diverse genres. . . . [and] to discuss broader issues including cosmology, ritual, and periodization.”
A 2020 course by Amenti Sujai at Allen University offers “an overview of the Bible, its themes, and narratives. East African Hebrew narrative tradition, proverbs, and parables are covered for relevance to today’s social, economic, gender, and spiritual challenges of the human condition and in modern society.
A 2018 course by Susanna Drake at Macalester College examines “the diverse literature of the New Testament along with some other early Christian texts that did not become part of the Christian ‘canon.'” The course highlights how these texts have been understood within selected traditions within the United States.
A 2018 course by Tina Pippin at Agnes Scott College examines “the quests for the historical Jesus, with an analysis of literary and cultural sources (especially from film, music, art), and also the ethical implications of Jesus’ life and message, from the first century to contemporary times.”
A course by Yeo Khiok-khng at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary explores “various reception and hermeneutical theories of
rhetoric and intertextuality on cross-cultural wisdoms (such as ancient Jewish,
Greco-Roman, Chinese, Islamic, African-American, etc.) of various
communities” through the lens of the Book of James.