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Skidmore College
First-Year Experience

Scribner Seminar Program
Course Description

Jewish Christian Relations from Jesus Christ to Mel Gibson

Instructor(s): Matthew Hockenos, Associate Professor of History

What is anti-Semitism today, and how has it evolved over the centuries? This seminar introduces interdisciplinary perspectives on Jewish-Christian relations, from medieval depictions of Christ’s passion and crucifixion to more contemporary settings such as Nazi Germany and Mel Gibson’s 2006 anti-Semitic rant. In this seminar, students read texts by historians, theologians, philosophers, and political scientists as well as view films and analyze Holocaust memorials, concluding with an examination of the growing anti- Semitism in parts of the Muslim world.

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