HDS 3108

Sex, Gender, and Religion in Ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, and Syria-Palestine

Jacquelyn Williamson


This course will place later Judeo-Christian ideas of gender and sexuality within the context of cultures that came before those of the Bible. Key texts will be read in translation from all over the ancient Mediterranean. Discussion of these textual sources will be grounded in presentations of the visual culture of these countries as well, in particular temple art and architecture. Topics include sexuality as propaganda; the manipulation of the nonverbal language of gender in iconography; the role of sex in the ancient cult; and virginity and its association with ritual purity.

Enrollment Limited: Limited to 15 students. Instructor's permission required.
Open to BTI Students: Yes
Jointly offered as Egyptian 125


0.50 credits
Spring 2014
Mon 12pm-2pm
Rockefeller Hall Room 116

Relationship to Program Requirements

Program Requirement Area / Category / Art / Designation
MTS Area(s) of Focus
  • Comparative Studies
  • Women, Gender, Sexuality, and Religion
MDiv Distribution Category/ies None
MDiv Art(s) of Ministry None
Language Course Designation(s) None