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HIS5030: Owning and sharing holy matter: texts, artefacts and places

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Emneansvarlig:Brent Nongbri (
Studieprogramtilhørighet:2-årige masterprogrammer - Master i teologi
2-årige masterprogrammer - Master in History of Religions
Avdelingstilhørighet:Avdeling for religion, skole og samfunn


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EksamenstypeEksamens- / innleveringsdatoTrekkfrist
Hjemmeeksamen – Ny og utsatt - NB! Egne tilgangsregler.2021-08-13 13. aug. 20212021-08-01 1. aug. 2021
Utleveringsdato:10. aug. 2021
Tidspunkt for utlevering:09:00
Innleveringsdato:13. aug. 2021
Varighet:3 dager
Kunngjøringsdato: 3. sep. 2021

Generell informasjon

HIS5030 - Owning and sharing holy matter: texts, artefacts and places introduces a major, and yet still understudied, dimension of religious life: its material dimension. In this course we will discuss select case studies of texts, places and artefacts from the whole geographical and chronological range of the program. We will explore a large variety of different materials, such as images, maps, manuscripts, architectural and archeological remains. The course also provides theoretical perspectives on materiality and media, with a particular focus on the three key categories of religious matter discussed in the course, helping us understand the ways in which they are owned, shared and contested, across diverse traditions.The course will also encourage students to reflect on how historians integrate material and textual evidence.
HIS5030 - Owning and sharing holy matter: texts, artefacts and places is an obligatory course in the Master's programme in History of Religions.


In order to receive a final assessment, the student must:
  • Take part in a minimum of 75% of the lectures.
  • Submit and have approved at least 8 reading responses submitted in advance of the class session via Canvas. See syllabus for further details.
  • Participate in the evaluation of the course if such evaluation is stipulated in the relevant term.
When course requirements are not fulfilled this will count as one examination attempt, unless you withdraw within the set deadline (1 May/ 1 November).

Avsluttende vurdering

To gain credit for the course the student must fulfill all the requirements and pass a three-day home exam (2500-3500 words). The course is assessed with grades A-F.

Læringsutbytte etter fullført emne

The student has:
  • thorough knowledge of religious materialised practices;
  • good knowledge of how historians integrate material and textual evidence;
  • good knowledge of conceptual thinking and practical uses of images and relics in various religious traditions;
  • good knowledge of the significance of places, monuments and topographical narratives in some specific religious traditions.
The student can:
  • apply academic concepts and theories to analyze and interpret religious materialized practices
  • write an essay in accordance with the academic standards introduced in the course


For å få tilgang til elektronisk litteratur når du ikke sitter på MF:

  • Aavitsland, K. B. & Bonde, L. M. (2021). Tracing the Jerusalem Code I: Vol. 1: The Holy City Christian Cultures in Medieval Scandinavia (ca. 1100 - 1536) (Vol. Vol. 1). De Gruyter. Bibliotek. Hentet fra
  • Alcock, S. E. (1994). The Heroic Past in a Hellenistic Present. Echos du monde classique: Classical views, XXXVIII, n.s. 13(2), s. 221-234. Bibliotek (Kompendium).
  • Augustinus, A., Hill, E. & Rotelle, J. E. (1996). The works of Saint Augustine: A translation for the 21st century: Pt. I Books / Vol. 11 Teaching Christianity: De doctrina christiana (Vol. Pt. I / Vol. 11, s. 101-105). Hyde Park, N.Y: New City Press. Bibliotek (Kompendium)
  • Boin, D. (2013). A Late Antique Statuary Collection at Ostia's Sanctuary of Magna Mater: A Case-Study in Late Roman Religion and Tradition. Papers of the British School at Rome, 81, s. 247-277. Bibliotek. Hentet fra
  • Brown, M. P. (2006). In the beginning: Bibles before the year 1000 (s. 15-35, 266-267, 319-321). Washington, D.C.: Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution. Bibliotek (Kompendium)
  • Bull, M. (2014). Pilgrimage. I J. H. Arnold (Red.), The Oxford Handbook of medieval Christianity (s. 201-216). Oxford: Oxford University press. Bibliotek (Kompendium). Hentet fra
  • Carruthers, M. (2008). The book of memory: A study of memory in medieval culture (2nd utg., s. 274-281). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Bibliotek (Kompendium)
  • Greene, K. & Moore, T. (2010). Archaeology: An introduction (5th utg., s. 249-312). London: Routledge. Bibliotek (Kompendium)
  • Hall, J. M. (2014). Artifact and artifice: Classical archaeology and the ancient historian. Chicago, Ill: University of Chicago Press. Bibliotek
  • Hallisey, C. (1995). Roads Taken and Not Taken in the Study of Theravada Buddhism. I D. S. Lopez (Red.), Curators of the Buddha: The study of Buddhism under colonialism (s. 31-61). Chicago, Ill: University of Chicago Press. Bibliotek (Kompendium)
  • Hatzaki, E. (2009). Structured Deposition as Ritual Action at Knossos. Hesperia Supplements, 42, s. 19-30. Bibliotek. Hentet fra
  • Joannes, D. (1980). On the divine images: Three apologies against those who attack the divine images (s. 15-22). Crestwood, N.Y: St. Vladimir's Seminary Press. Bibliotek (Kompendium)
  • Livius, T. (1949). Livy in fourteen volumes: 8: Books XXVIII-XXX. [Books 29: 10, 11 & 14] (Vol. 381, s. 245-249, 257-263). Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press. Bibliotek. Hentet fra
  • Nees, L. (2002). Early medieval art (s. 117-151). Oxford: Oxford University Press. Bibliotek (Kompendium)
  • Nongbri, B. (2018). God's library: The archaeology of the earliest Christian manuscripts (s. 21-46, 287-294). New Haven, Connecticut: Yale University Press. Bibliotek (Kompendium)
  • Ovid (1916). Metamorphosis: Book 15, 625-744 (Vol. 2, s. 409-416). London: Heinemann.. Hentet fra
  • Rice, D. G., Stambaugh, J. E. & Society of Biblical, L. (2009). Sources for the Study of Greek Religion (Vol. Corr. ed, s. 41-43). [Atlanta, Ga.]: Society of Biblical Literature. Bibliotek. Hentet fra
  • Rutter, J. B. Minoan Religion [Article]. Hentet 16.12.2020 fra
  • Rutter, J. B. Minoan Religion [Images]. Hentet 16.12.2020 fra
  • Saint, J. (1999). On Illustrious Men. [9. John, the apostle and evangelist] (s. 19-21). Washington, D.C.: Catholic University of America Press. Bibliotek. Hentet fra
  • Smith, J. Z. (1987). To take place: Toward theory in ritual (s. 47-95, 147-170). Chicago: University of Chicago Press. Bibliotek
  • Stalley, R. (1999). Early medieval architecture (s. 147-165). Oxford: Oxford University Press. Bibliotek (Kompendium)
  • Strong, J. S. (2004). Relics of the Buddha (s. 1-24, 229-240). Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press. Bibliotek (Kompendium)
  • Wade, N. (2019, 17.12.2019). Tombs at Ancient Greek Site Were Gold-Lined Chambers. The New York Times,. Hentet fra

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