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Module VPC-3407:
Yr Eglwys a'r Iddewon

Module Facts

Run by School of History, Philosophy and Social Sciences

20 Credits or 10 ECTS Credits

Semester 1

Organiser: Dr Gareth Evans Jones

Overall aims and purpose

Amcan y modiwl hwn yw cyflwyno myfyrwyr i berthynas dymhestlog yr Eglwys Gristnogol a’r Iddewon. Gan ddechrau â thrafodaeth am y berthynas rhwng Cristnogaeth gynnar ac Iddewiaeth, byddem wedyn yn adlewyrchu ar y modd y cawsai’r ddwy grefydd eu hystyried yn ddiwylliannol, cyfreithiol, a gwleidyddol. Bydd y modiwl yna’n canolbwyntio ar ddatblygid ideoleg wrth-Iddewig y Cristnogion, drwy gyfeirio at ddetholiad o ddigwyddiadau ac unigolion, gan gynnwys y Croesgadau, y babaeth yn yr Oesoedd Canol, ac ysgrifau Martin Luther. Wedi gwneud hynny, byddem yn archwilio twf gwrth-Semitiaeth a’r modd y digwyddodd hynny ochr yn ochr â datblygiad Seioniaeth. Yn dilyn hynny, byddem yn ystyried y modd y bwydodd gwrth-Semitiaeth a gwrth-Iddewiaeth Gristnogol i ddigwyddiad yr Holocost. Gorffennir y modiwl drwy asesu perthnasau cyfoes Iddewon a Christnogion, a byddem yn ystyried i ba raddau y mae’r bont sy’n cysylltu’r Eglwys a’r Iddewon wedi’r Shoah mor sefydlog ag y tueddid i gredu.

Course content

Bydd y modiwl yn archwilio meysydd amrywiol megis: Perthynas y grefydd Gristnogol a’r Ymerodraeth Rufeinig, a’i dylanwad ar yr Iddewon yn y canrifoedd cynnar OC; Y Croesgadau a’u heffeithiau. • Y Babaeth yn yr Oesoedd Canol; Sbaen yr Oesoedd Canol: tröedigaeth ac alltudiaeth; Delweddau ac eiconograffeg wrth-Iddewig y Cristnogion; Safbwynt paradocsaidd Martin Luther parthed yr Iddewon; Mudiad Seioniaeth a thwf gwrth-Semitiaeth; Yr Holocost a’r Shoah; Perthnasau cyfoes yr Iddewon a’r Cristnogion.

Assessment Criteria


Threshold D- to D+

Submitted work is adequate and shows an acceptable level of competence as follows: • Generally accurate but with omissions and errors. • Assertions are made without clear supporting evidence or reasoning. • Has structure but is lacking in clarity and therefore relies on the reader to make links and assumptions. • Draws on a relatively narrow range of material.

C- to C+

Good C- to C +

Submitted work is competent throughout and occasionally distinguished by superior style, approach and choice of supporting materials. It demonstrates: • Good structure and logically developed arguments. • At least in parts draws on material that has been sourced and assessed as a result of independent study, or in a way unique to the student. • Assertions are, in the main, backed by evidence and sound reasoning. • Accuracy and presentation in an appropriate academic style.


Very Good B- to B+

Submitted work is competent throughout and distinguished by superior style, approach and choice of supporting materials. It demonstrates: • Very good structure and logically developed arguments. • Draws on material that has been sourced and assessed as a result of independent study, or in a way unique to the student. • Assertions are backed by evidence and sound reasoning. • Accuracy and presentation in an appropriate academic style.


Excellent A- to A*

Submitted work is of an outstanding quality and excellent in one or more of the following ways: • Has originality of exposition with the student’s own thinking being readily apparent. • Provides clear evidence of extensive and relevant independent study. • Arguments are laid down with clarity and provide the reader with successive stages of consideration to reach conclusions.

Learning outcomes

  1. • Archwilio’r modd y mae ffactorau diwinyddol a gwleidyddol wedi dylanwadu ar y modd y cedwid y crefyddau ac yn wir ar berthynas yr Iddewon a'r Cristnogion.

  2. • Gwerthuso a dadansoddi’n feirniadol amrediad o ffynonellau cynradd ac eilaidd, gan gynnwys deunyddiau diwinyddol, datganiadau Eglwysig, ac ysgrifau cyfreithiol, gan ystyried yn benodol y modd y maent wedi dylanwadu ar berthynas yr Iddewon a’r Cristnogion.

  3. • Archwilio rôl hunaniaeth/hunaniaethau personol, cenedlaethol, a rhyngwladol mewn perthynas â’r ddeialog ryng-grefyddol gyfoes rhwng Iddewon a Christnogion.

  4. • Dangos dealltwriaeth o’r ffactorau hanesyddol a diwylliannol gwahanol sydd wedi peri newidiadau i berthnasau rhwng Iddewon a Christnogion.

  5. • Dangos dealltwriaeth o’r ffactorau hanesyddol a diwylliannol sydd wedi arwain y ffordd ar gyfer newidiadau yn y berthynas rhwng Iddewon a Christnogion.

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight

Disgwylir i fyfyrwyr lunio traethawd 3,000 gair yn dadnsoddi'n feirniadol agwedd at y berthynas rhwng yr Eglwys Gristnogol a'r Iddewon. Rhoddir y dewis o bum cwestiwn i fyfyrwyr a bydd angen iddynt ateb un yn unig.

EXAM Arholiad

Bydd disgwyl i fyfyrwyr gwblhau unrhyw ddau gwestiwn allan o bump o fewn dwy awr.


Teaching and Learning Strategy


Students will be expected to attend two one hour lecture per week during the semester.

Private study

Students will be provided readings to consult independently. This will complement the lectures and enrich the learning experience of the students.


Transferable skills

  • Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
  • Computer Literacy - Proficiency in using a varied range of computer software
  • Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
  • Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
  • Information retrieval - Able to access different and multiple sources of information
  • Inter-personal - Able to question, actively listen, examine given answers and interact sensitevely with others
  • Critical analysis & Problem Solving - Able to deconstruct and analyse problems or complex situations. To find solutions to problems through analyses and exploration of all possibilities using appropriate methods, rescources and creativity.
  • Presentation - Able to clearly present information and explanations to an audience. Through the written or oral mode of communication accurately and concisely.
  • Management - Able to utilise, coordinate and control resources (human, physical and/or financial)
  • Argument - Able to put forward, debate and justify an opinion or a course of action, with an individual or in a wider group setting
  • Self-awareness & Reflectivity - Having an awareness of your own strengths, weaknesses, aims and objectives. Able to regularly review, evaluate and reflect upon the performance of yourself and others

Subject specific skills

  • Articulacy in identifying underlying issues in a wide variety of debates.
  • Precision of thought and expression in the analysis and formulation of complex and controversial problems.
  • Sensitivity in interpretation of religious and philosophical texts drawn from a variety of ages and/or traditions.
  • Clarity and rigour in the critical assessment of arguments presented in such texts.
  • The ability to use and criticise specialised religious and philosophical terminology.
  • The ability to abstract and analyse arguments, and to identify flaws in them, such as false premises and invalid reasoning.
  • The ability to construct rationally persuasive arguments for or against specific religious and philosophical claims.
  • The ability to move between generalisation and appropriately detailed discussion, inventing or discovering examples to support or challenge a position, and distinguishing relevant and irrelevant considerations.
  • The ability to consider unfamiliar ideas and ways of thinking, and to examine critically presuppositions and methods within the disciplines of philosophy and religion.


Reading list

• Flannery, Edward H. 2004 (3rd ed.). The Anguish of the Jews. New York: Paulist Press.

• Hay, Malcolm. 1981. The Roots of Christian Anti-Semitism. New York: Freedom Library Press.

• Kessler, Edward. 2013. An Introduction to Jewish-Christian Relations. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

• Barrens, James M. 2015. In Our Time (Nostra Aetate): How Catholics and Jews Built a New Relationship. St Petersburg, FL: Mr Media Books.

• Rousmaniere, J. 1991. A Bridge to Dialogue: The Story of Jewish-Christian Relations. New York: Paulist Press.

• Nicholls, W. 1993. Christian Antisemitism: A History of Hate. Northvale, NJ & London: J. Aronson.

Courses including this module

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