Course Summary

History, beliefs, and analysis of the three faith systems that claim connection with Abraham

The course is organized in three modules: (1) Judaism, (2) Christianity, and (3) Islam. 3 semester hours of undergraduate credit.  Credit will not be awarded if the student has completed BRS 17.


1. Discover the origins, history, and spread of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam

2. Detect common underlying themes of the Abrahamic faith systems

3. Analyze essential tenets of the Abrahamic faith systems

4.  Contrast the Abrahamic faith systems

Credit. Credit for the course requires a score of 70% or greater on three multiple choice examinations, a 2,000 word paper analyzing one Abrahamic faith, and a 2,000 word paper comparing and contrasting the other  two Abrahamic faith systems.  Also required are two discussion forum postings for each module. The exams and papers count for 20% each toward the course grade. A sample exam problem is given below.

Judaism began as (A) a conscious effort to create a higher level of understanding of God, (B) a natural progression of evolutionary thought about God, (C) a synthesis of Egyptian and Canaanite belief and worship, (D) a consequence of Yahweh’s revealing of himself.


Three e-books are available in the Electronic Collection without cost to the student.  If, however, the student prefers a hard copy source, the following is recommended:

Miles, Jack, et al. (eds.) The Norton Anthology of World Religions. Vol. 2: Judaism, Christianity, Islam.  Box ed. W. W. Norton & Company, 2014. (2 vol. set has 4448 pages).  $60 for set. ISBN: 978-0393062533