HSD225 – Abrahamic Faiths


The module concentrates on the major tenets and historical events in Judaism and Christianity. As the students will have sufficient knowledge of the Islamic equivalents of these from their studies in previous modules, comparison to Islam takes place in the form of class-discussions. The key areas covered are:

  • Divine Oneness
  • Prophethood, the nature of revelation and infallibility
  • Scripture: Its history, composition, divinity and role in contemporary religiosity
  • The nature of Divine Law
  • Eschatology

Learning Outcomes 

On completion of this module, the successful student will be able to:

  • Compare and contrast theological views of the Abrahamic Faiths (A1, A6, B4)
  • Debate the various contexts and circumstances in which these religions have developed (A6, A7)

This module will call for the successful student to:

  • Construct and communicate well-reasoned arguments concerning the relationship between religious ideas and institutions and the surrounding cultures in which they developed. (B5, C1, C2, C7, D1, D3, D5, D6)

Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy

A variety of teaching and learning methods are used, including lectures, assignments, class discussions and individual study. The use of questioning and small group work in class ensures that students are constantly engaged and take an active role in the learning process. Individual study will consist of general reading, specific historical texts and reading on selected topics.

Assessment Mode
Formative assessment includes a class presentation of a critical review of a theme covered within the course syllabus, also including observation of group exercises on chosen themes. Revision sessions are arranged that will cover topics in preparation for exams, addressing student understanding and providing constructive formative feedback to students.  Tutorial time enables the module leader to give guidance to students on topics of concern and provide constructive feedback related to summative work.
Summative, graded assessment for this module consists of a 2 hour written examination, which will take place at the end of the semester. (Outcomes 1, 2, 3).

Assessment Weighting
Written examination: 100%

Learning Materials

Core readings

  • Peters, F. E. (2003). The Montheists: The Words and Will of God, Vol. 2. Princeton: Princeton University Press.