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Jewish Attitudes Toward Leisure and Entertainment in the Ancient World

RELI 219
Fall 2010 not offered
Certificates: Jewish and Israel Studies

This course will examine how Jews adapted, exploited, or rejected the leisure activities and entertainments that were common in the ancient world. By examining theories of social play, students will develop an understanding of how Jews used games and leisure activities to strengthen communal bonds, transmit ethical values, and map the boundaries of Jewish identity.

Essential Capabilities: Intercultural Literacy, Interpretation
Interpretation: Students will be exposed to a variety of ancient texts, many of which are grounded in the Biblical corpus. Discussion time will be devoted both to developing an understanding of the ways in which the Bible was interpreted by the ancient authors and learning to read and interpret the texts that they produced.
Intercultural Literacy: This course is designed to introduce students to social, political and religious significance of the leisure culture of Graeco-Roman antiquity. Students will develop, through the reading of ancient Jewish, Christian and pagan texts, the ability to think beyond the cultural constraints of modernity, to look at phenomenon such as theatrical and gladiatorial entertainments with an unbiased eye, and to recognize the myriad cultural differences between themselves and the inhabitants of the Ancient Mediterranean.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS RELI
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (RELI)

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