REL 390 R
Ancient Temples and Temple Texts
study of ancient temples and temple texts. The course will focus
on a temple typology for determining a temple and the archictecture and
rituals of various temples throughout the ancient world.
- To be able to recognize a structure as a temple through learning a temple typology.
- To study in depth one point of the temple typology--student's choice.
- To study several ancient temples, including their architecture and rituals.
the end of the course, I will give you a letter grade that I feel
reflects the learning you accomplished during the course. I will use three criteria to determine your grade: (1) attitude, (2) class attendance, and (3) academic work.
is displayed through preparation for class, class participation, and
adherence to honor code (brethren, unless otherwise permitted, you
should be shaving daily (or I will shoot you; I have to shave everyday
according to the honor code so you better live up to the honor code you
signed as I do. AND don't give me, "I hate shaving!" I
have hated shaving longer than you have been alive!!). Class Attendance
that can negatively affect my perception of attitude displayed is
sleeping during class, inappropriate use of electronic devices,
constantly talking to another classmate. Grade for class participation is purely subjectiveon my part and is used in determining the final grade given in the course.
attendance is a crucial part of the course. It is the policy of
the Department of Religious Education that a student must participate
in a minimum of 80% of the class periods held for a religion course.
With this in mind note the following:
- Missing six class periods or more will result in not receiving credit for the course.
- School excused absences (such
as a class for a field trip, etc.) are an exception to this
policy. The student, however, must present the teacher with a
school excused form as evidence of the excused absence. The
student who misses a class because of a school excused absence is still
responsible for both assignments due and material discuss during the
- Missing a class because of illness is not an excused absence. So be careful with your health.
1. Reading Assignments
Reading Assignments--write-ups required (30 points each)
These assignments are due on the date stated on the Daily Assignment Schedule.
Reading Assignments -- no write-ups required (20 points each)
Each daily reading assignment is worth 20 pts. To
receive the full 20 points the assignment must be read before the class
period it is due (10 points) and the class attended (10 points). A role will be sent around class for you to account for having read the assignment before class starts. If a
student is absent, they can bring a note with their name and the
assignment read and hand it in to me to get half credit. IF YOU COMPLETE THE ASSIGNMENT DURING CLASS GIVE YOURSELF HALF CREDIT
2. Five "For Further Study" Articles (25 points each)
With most every class, there will be addintional readings made available for that day's topic. These will be found on the Daily Reading Assignment Schedule under the "For Further Study"
section. During the semester, choose five articles from five different
topics and complete a write-up that follows the following criteria:3. Course Papers
- Must be typed
- No larger than Roman or Arial 12 font
- Make sure the title, author, and bibliographic source of the article is included on the top of the write-up.
- Two parts with bolded heading for each part
- Part One: Comprehensive Summary of Article (paragraph
for main point of article and a paragraph for each main
sub-point--subheadings within article will help you determine sub-points
- Part Two: Response -- What significant insights regarding this topic or temple worship in general did this article give you?
- These articles can be completed at any time throughout the course. Hand them in to me.
A. What is a Temple? (100 pts)
the end of the course, using the various assignments given, write a 2
full page (minimujm) - 4 full page (maximum) single spaced
essay that describes what a temple is. The basic sources for this paper are the daily readings detailing Lundquists typology of a temple. THIS ASSIGNMENT WILL DETAIL WHAT YOU HAVE LEARNED IN THIS COURSE!B. Temple Typology Paper. (100 pts)
Choose one specific topic from the list of Temple Typology/Pattern Topics
being discussed in this course that you would like to explore further.
The topic can be a major topic (such as, mountain, tree, etc,) or it
can be a sub-topic of architecture (orientation, etc) or rituals
(sacrifices, incense, etc.) Research the topic more extensively from scholarly sources. Hint: use the  McKay Library,  JSTOR,
 "For Further Study", and  references found in scholarly
articles. Use the following criteria in writing your paper:
- 3 (minimum)-5 (maximum) pages, single-spaced
- Use scholars of differing view points
- Minimum of 3 different scholars
- Use either footnotes or endnotes with complete bibliographic information in note (that means no need for "work cited")
GET ON THIS AS SOON AS YOU CAN SINCE MANY OF THE SOURCES YOU MIGHT NEED WILL NEED TO COME THROUGH INTER-LIBRARY LOAN