Religion News

The Religion Department’s mission was fueled by the wisdom of the great scholar of comparative religion Max Mueller: “if you know only one religion, you really don’t know any.” To help us spread knowledge about all religions, please contact us if you have a Temple University religion story. What kinds of stories should be told? Anything compelling that relates to Temple’s scholastic investigation of how religious worldviews affect business, politics, medicine, the arts, healthcare and more. It’s not enough to know just one religion; at Temple, our students engage in pluralistic religious study and leave as graduates who see entire cultures and societies in new lights.

On February 4th Dr. Jacqueline Vayntrub, Assistant Professor of Hebrew Bible at Yale University Divinity School gave a fascinating short lecture on the function of poetry in the oracles of the prophet Ezekiel! Missed it? No worries! Just grab Dr. Vayntrub’s book Beyond Orality: Biblical Poetry on its Own Terms to gain insight into the modern scholarly history of theorizing biblical poetry.


The Center for the Humanities at Temple University (CHAT) is hosting a Climate Speaker Series this semester. Alissa Jordan from the Center for Experimental Ethnography at the University of Pennsylvania was the guest speaker on February 10th. Dr. Jordan’s lecture was the result of over a year’s worth of living in a Haitian village researching zombies.


Jan 29, 2020

Temple’s GenEd Fair

As an undergraduate at Temple University, you are allowed to complete up to two GenEd courses through a single department. The Religion Department offers courses that fulfill FIVE different GenEd requirements; US Society, Human Behavior, Race and Diversity, Global/World Society, and Arts. Students were able to stop by our booth during Temple’s first ever GenEd Fair, held in the new library in October 2019, to learn more about the classes we offer and to experience a virtual tour of Hagia Sophia. 


Temple University's Department of Religion professors and graduate students attended the annual conference, November 23-26, 2019. A number of them participate in the fun by presenting a paper, presiding over a panel and responding to other panelists. If you could not attend this year, stop by the 6th floor of Anderson to ask your professors and TAs about their contributions at #aarsbl19!


Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Mary Washington, Dr. Jennifer Barry, visited Temple University as a guest lecturer on November 14 to discuss her book Bishops in Flight: Exile and Displacement in Late Antiquity. Dr. Barry is a scholar of Early Christianity and it was our honor to have had the opportunity to hear about her wonderful work directly from her!