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Theological and Religious Studies Tripos, Part I, 2000: Special subjects and prescribed texts

The Faculty Board of Divinity give notice that they have selected the following special subjects and prescribed texts for the Theological and Religious Studies Tripos, Part I, in 2000 (Statutes and Ordinances, p. 401):

Paper 1. Oriental languages

A. Hebrew I (Elementary Hebrew)

Genesis 37 and 40-45.

B. Sanskrit

Mahābhārata 2.66-68 (Poona edition, 1933-66).

Hitopadeśa, extracts 2-11 (C. R. Lanman, A Sanskrit Reader, pp. 16-35);

Bhagavadghītā ch. 3-4.

C. Qur'anic Arabic

The Qur'ān, I:1-7, II:1-23, IV:93-100, LIII:1-40.

al-Bukhārī, al-Jāmi` al-Ṣaḥīḥ (Cairo, 1313 ah), vol.I, pp. 1-10.

al-Isfarā'īnī, al Tabṣīr fi'l-dīn (Beirut, 1983 ce), pp. 45-6, 97-9.

Paper 2. New Testament Greek

Mark 1-8.

Paper 3. Introduction to the study of religion

There are no prescribed texts for this paper.

Paper 4. Biblical literature and theology

1 Samuel; Psalms 2, 22, 29, 48, 50, 74, 80, 81, 93, 97, 98, 110, 119, 132, 135, 137, 139; Luke.

Paper 5. Introduction to the Old Testament

1 Samuel; Psalms 2, 22, 29, 48, 50, 74, 80, 81, 93, 97, 98, 110, 119, 132, 135, 137, 139.

Paper 6. Judaism in the Greek and Roman periods

2 Esdras 3-14; the Wisdom of Solomon 6-12; Ecclesiasticus 44-51; 1 Maccabees 1-2; the Genesis Apocryphon; the Psalms of Solomon 17, 18; the Eighteen Benedictions. For the last three texts see G. Vermes, The Dead Sea Scrolls in English (4th edn., London, 1995), pp. 292-99; H. F. D. Sparks (ed.), The Apocryphal Old Testament (Oxford, 1984), pp. 676-82; E. Schürer, G. Vermes, F. Millar, and M. Black (eds), The History of the Jewish People in the Age of Jesus Christ, Vol. 2 (Edinburgh, 1979), pp. 455-63.

Paper 7. Christian origins: the emergence of the primitive Christian communities

Acts 1-15; 1 Corinthians; Galatians 1-2.

Paper 8. Christian life and thought to 325

J. Stevenson, A New Eusebius (revised by W. H. C. Frend, London, 1987).

H. Bettenson, The Early Christian Fathers (London, 1956, repr. 1988).

Paper 9. Christian culture in the western world

There are no prescribed texts for this paper.

Special subject: Image and Icon in Christian Tradition.

Paper 10. Background to modern theology

Section (i). S. T. Coleridge, Confessions of an Inquiring Spirit, ed. H. St J. Hart (London, 1956); D. F. Strauss, The Life of Jesus, tr. G. Eliot, ed. P. C. Hodgson (London, 1973), 'Introduction', pp. 39-92; Benjamin Jowett, 'On the Interpretation of Scripture', in Essays and Reviews (London, 1860); A. F. Loisy, The Gospel and the Church (London, 1903); K. Barth, Preface to the first six editions of The Epistle to the Romans (Oxford, 1968), pp. 1-26; E. C. Stanton (ed.), Women's Bible (Northeastern University Press, 1993), pp. 7-89.

Section (ii). L. Feuerbach, The Essence of Christianity, tr. G. Eliot (New York, Harper Torch Books, 1957), Chapter I; K. Marx, Texts on 'Alienation' and 'Historical Materialism', in D. McLellan, The Thought of Karl Marx (2nd edn., London, 1980), pp. 123-33, 138-49; C. Darwin, On the Origin of Species (London, 1859 [republished in Penguin Classics, London, 1985]), last chapter, 'Recapitulation and Conclusion'; The Descent of Man (London, 1871 [reprinted with an introduction by John Tyler Bonner and Robert M. May, Princeton University Press, Princeton, New Jersey, 1981]), Chapter 21, 'General Summary and Conclusion'; F. Nietzsche, Twilight of the Idols and the Anti-Christ, tr. R. J. Hollingdale (London, 1957); E. Durkheim, The Elementary Forms of Religious Life, tr. Karen E. Fields (London, 1995), Introduction, Book I: Chapter I, Conclusion, pp. 1-46, 418-48; S. Freud, The Future of an Illusion, trans. J. Strachey, in Penguin Freud Library, Vol. 12 (London, 1985), chs. III-VI.

Section (iii). F. D. E. Schleiermacher, On Religion: Speeches to its Cultured Despisers (1821), trans. Richard Crouter (Cambridge, 1988), First and Second Speeches; Alfred Tennyson, In Memoriam (1850), ed. C. Ricks in The Poems of Tennyson (London, 1969); George Eliot, Middlemarch (1871-2) (republished in Penguin Classics, London, 1994); G. Flaubert, Three Tales (1877), tr. R. Baldick (Penguin, 1961), especially 'A Simple Heart'; F. Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov (1880), tr. and annotated by R. Pevear and L. Volokhonsky (Vintage edition, London, 1992), Book 5, 'Rebellion' and 'The Grand Inquisitor', Book 6, 'The Russian Monk'.

Paper 11. Metaphysics and religion

Anselm, Proslogion, ed. M. J. Charlesworth (Oxford, 1965); Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologiae, Vol. 2 (Ia, qq. 2, 3, 8), ed. T. McDermott (London, 1964); R. Descartes, Meditations, tr. John Cottingham (Cambridge, 1986); D. Hume, An Enquiry concerning Human Understanding (1748), Sections X, XI, XII; The Natural History of Religion (1757) (ed. H. E. Root, 1956); I. Kant, Prolegomena to any Future Metaphysics, intro. Lewis White Beck (Indianapolis, 1950); S. Kierkegaard, Philosophical Fragments, (1834) (Princeton edn., Vol. VII); William James, The Will to Believe (1896), essays 1-4; M. Heidegger, 'The Onto-theological Constitution of Metaphysics' in Identity and Difference (tr. J. Stambaugh, New York, 1969); 'A Letter on Humanism' in Basic Writings (ed. D. F. Krell, London, 1993), pp. 217-65; R. B. Braithwaite, 'An Empiricist's View of the Nature of Religious Belief' in Basil Mitchell (ed.), The Philosophy of Religion (Oxford, 1971); L. Wittgenstein, On Certainty (Blackwell, 1969).

Paper 12. Ethics and religion

Joseph Butler, Preface, Sermons 1-3 and Dissertation on Virtue (1726) (ed. Stephen L. Darwal, Indianapolis, 1983); I. Kant, Groundwork of the Metaphysic of Morals, ed. and tr. H. J. Paton as The Moral Law (London, 1948); S. Kierkegaard, Fear and Trembling (1843) (tr. Alistair Hannay, Penguin Books, 1985); F. W. Nietzsche, Toward a Genealogy of Morals (1887) (tr. Walter Kaufmann, New York 1969); J. S. Mill, Utilitarianism (1861); F. H. Bradley, Ethical Studies (Oxford, 1876), Essay V; M. Buber, I and Thou (1923) (tr. Walter Kaufmann, Edinburgh, 1970); K. Barth, Church Dogmatics II/2 § 36 'Ethics as a Task of The Doctrine of God', tr. G. W. Bromiley and T. F. Torrance (Edinburgh, 1957); I. Murdoch, The Sovereignty of Good (London, 1970); S. Hauerwas, The Peaceable Kingdom (London, 1983).

Paper 13. Problems of truth and dialogue in religion

There are no set texts for this paper.

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Cambridge University Reporter, 16 June 1999
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