Jewish History: From Biblical Israel to Diaspora Jews|
RELI 261, MDST 247|
|Certificates: Jewish and Israel Studies, Middle Eastern 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 transformations of identity from biblical Israelites to Jews living among Christians and Muslims. We will discuss 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 the 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.
Information Literacy, Writing
Students in this class will have an opportunity to revise their papers under my supervision. They will also receive help from a writing tutor and be exposed to library and electronic resources.
At each stage they will receive detailed feedback.
Students will be introduced to library and research resources and tools, such as EndNote, and will be expected to use them throughout the semester.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Student Option|
||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)(SISP-Hist Conc)(SISP-Reli Conc)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Harper Collins Study Bible
The Koran Interpreted
Robert Chazan, Church, State, and the Jew
Mark Cohen, Under Crescent and Cross
Shlomo Eidelberg, Jews and the Crusaders: The Hebrew Chronicles of the First and Second Crusades
Jacob Marcus, Jew in the Medieval World
H. H. Ben-Sasson (ed.), History of the Jewish People
Mary Lynn Rampolla, A Pocket Guide to Writing in History
|Examination and Assignments: |
Midterm and final exams; two 5-6 page paper; three 2-page response papers to the readings
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Class participation, including discussions, postings on discussion board.
This course is a gateway course for the Certificate for Jewish and Israel Studies.
It also counts toward the Medieval Studies major; History Major: History and Religion, European concentrations, and the pre-industrial requirement.
|Instructor(s): Teter,Magda Times: .M.W... 01:10PM-02:30PM; Location: PAC002; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 45||SR major: 5||JR major: 5|| || |
|Seats Available: 20||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 5||JR non-major: 5||SO: 10||FR: 15|
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