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HIS5050: Encounters: Common Categories and Concepts in Abrahamic religions

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


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EksamenstypeEksamens- / innleveringsdatoTrekkfrist
Hjemmeeksamen2021-05-28 28. mai 20212021-05-01 1. mai 2021
Utleveringsdato:25. mai 2021
Tidspunkt for utlevering:09:00
Innleveringsdato:28. mai 2021
Varighet:3 dager
Kunngjøringsdato:18. juni 2021
Hjemmeeksamen – Ny og utsatt - NB! Egne tilgangsregler.2021-08-20 20. aug. 20212021-08-01 1. aug. 2021
Utleveringsdato:17. aug. 2021
Tidspunkt for utlevering:09:00
Innleveringsdato:20. aug. 2021
Varighet:3 dager
Kunngjøringsdato:10. sep. 2021

Generell informasjon

HIS5050 is a course of comparative history of religions focusing on concepts, beliefs and practices shared by the main Abrahamic religions. Along with the analysis of these common characteristics, we shall discuss the historical processes that underpin their transmission. The historical context taken into account covers the period 1 st -8 th century CE. In an attempt to explain possible mechanisms of transmission and mutual influence, the course will make use of a number of theoretical frameworks discussed in HIS5010.
HIS5050 Encounters: Common categories and concepts in Abrahamic religions is an obligatory course in the Master's programme in History of Religions.


In order to receive a final assessment, the student must:
  • Attend at least 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 electronic 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 the student withdraws before the set deadline (1 May/November).
Students are expected to read the entire bibliography, including the specific readings relating to individual lectures and seminars.

Avsluttende vurdering

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

Læringsutbytte etter fullført emne

The student has:
  • a thorough knowledge of common doctrines and concepts in Abrahamic religions
  • a thorough knowledge of the history and evolution of Abrahamic religions, taken both individually and as a group
  • a good knowledge of the textual sources relating to the above-mentioned notions
  • a good knowledge of lesser-known religious systems belonging to the Abrahamic group
The student can:
  • use technical terminology specific for the discipline of the history of religions
  • integrate the historical approach into the comparative study of a religion system or of a group of religions
  • isolate and recognise a common conceptual basis in the theological traditions of Abrahamic religions
  • propose historical explanations for the shared characteristics of Abrahamic religions.


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

  • Dead Sea scrolls/4Q174 [(4QFlorilegium). A fragment from Cave IV at Qumran]. Hentet 17.12. fra
  • Black, A. (2015). Political Thought. I A. J. Silverstein, G. G. Stroumsa & M. Blidstein (Red.), The Oxford handbook of Abrahamic religions (s. 390-404). Oxford: Oxford University Press. Bibliotek (Kompendium)
  • Brown, P. R. L. (1989). The world of late antiquity: AD 150-750 (s. 49-113). New York: W.W. Norton. Bibliotek (Kompendium)
  • Collins, J. J. (2010). The scepter and the star: Messianism in light of the Dead Sea Scrolls (2nd ed. utg., s. 1-20). Grand Rapids, Mich: Eerdmans. Bibliotek (Kompendium)
  • Collins, J. J. (2013). The dead sea scrolls: A biography (s. 1-32). Princeton, N.J: Princeton University Press. Bibliotek (Kompendium)
  • Cook, M. A. (1983). Muhammad. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Bibliotek
  • Crone, P. (2010). Among the Believers. Tablet, 10.08.2010. Hentet fra
  • Donner, F. M. (2010). Muhammad and the believers: At the origins of Islam (s. 39-89). Cambridge, Mass: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press. Bibliotek (Kompendium)
  • Eliav, Y. (2006). Jews and Judaism 70-429 CE. I D. S. Potter (Red.), A Companion to the Roman Empire (s. 565-586). Malden, Mass: Blackwell. Bibliotek (Kompendium)
  • Fredriksen, P. (2006). Christians in the Roman Empire in the First Three Centuries CE. I D. S. Potter (Red.), A Companion to the Roman Empire (s. 587-606). Malden, Mass.: Wiley-Blackwell. Bibliotek (Kompendium)
  • Gardner, I. & Lieu, S. N. C. (2004). Manichaean texts from the Roman Empire (s. 46-58). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Bibliotek (Kompendium)
  • Greisiger, L. (2015). Apocalypticism, Millenarianism, and Messianism. I A. J. Silverstein, G. G. Stroumsa & M. Blidstein (Red.), The Oxford handbook of Abrahamic religions (s. 272-294). Oxford: Oxford University Press. Bibliotek (Kompendium)
  • Hughes, A. W. (2012). Abrahamic religions: On the uses and abuses of history (s. 1-33). Oxford: Oxford University Press. Bibliotek (Kompendium)
  • MacMullen, R. (2006). Voting About God in Early Church Councils (s. 24-40). New Haven: Yale University Press. Bibliotek. Hentet fra
  • Muhammad Constitution of Medina. Prophet Muhammad, 622 CE. Hentet 17.12. fra
  • Powers, D. S. (2015). The Finality of Prophecy. I A. J. Silverstein, G. G. Stroumsa & M. Blidstein (Red.), The Oxford handbook of Abrahamic religions (s. 254-271). Oxford: Oxford University Press. Bibliotek (Kompendium)
  • Stroumsa, G. G. (2015). The making of the Abrahamic religions in late antiquity. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Bibliotek

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