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Jewish History: From Biblical Israel to Diaspora Jews

HIST 247
Spring 2009 not offered
Crosslisting: RELI 261
Certificates: Jewish and Israel Studies
Course Cluster: Jewish and Israel Studies

The course will explore the history of Jews from biblical times to 16th century, a period during which Judaism, Christianity, and Islam formed, shaping foundation of attitudes among these groups for centuries to come. The course will examine the transformations of identity from biblical Israelites to Jews and will address stereotypes and presuppositions of Jewish life and history, including what the historian Salo W. Baron dubbed the "lachrymose concept of Jewish history" -Jewish history as history of suffering. The course will illuminate experience of Jews whose lives, and deaths, demonstrate that they were active actors rather than just passive victims of historical events. The readings will consist mostly of historical sources on Jewish culture, politics, economic activities, social and legal status, and the Jews' relations with non-Jews - Christians and Muslims. It is a lecture course, but student participation is expected.

Essential Capabilities: None
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS HIST
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Student Option
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (HIST-MN)(HIST)(MDST-MN)(MDST)(MDST-Art/Arch)(MDST-History)(MDST-Lang/Lit)(MDST-Phil/Reli)(RELI-MN)(RELI)

Last Updated on MAY-26-2024
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