Jewish History: From Biblical Israel to Diaspora Jews|
Fall 2017 not offered
RELI 261, MDST 247|
|Certificates: International Relations, Middle Eastern Studies, International Relations|
Can we trace an "authentic" Jewish identity through history, as distinct from many "cultures" of Jews in the multitude of times and places in which they have lived? This course provides an overview of major trends in Jewish civilization from biblical times through the early modern era (to approximately the 17th century), with this and related questions in mind, by engaging in close readings of traditional Jewish sources, on the one hand, and seeking contextual understandings of Jews and Judaism within various non-Jewish settings, including polytheistic, Christian, Zoroastrian, and Muslim host cultures, on the other.
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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)
Barnavi, Eli, ed., A HISTORICAL ATLAS OF THE JEWISH PEOPLE. NY: Shocken, Reprinted 2002
Biale, David, ed., CULTURES OF THE JEWS, vols. 1 & 2 (This book consists of 3 volumes and is available in 3 separate paperback volumes, or in a single, one-volume version.)
Holtz, Barry W., ed. BACK TO THE SOURCES
Brettler & Berlin, ed., JEWISH STUDY BIBLE
Scheindlin, Raymond P., A SHORT HISTORY OF THE JEWISH PEOPLE: FROM LEGENDARY TIMES TO MODERN STATEHOOD
Baskin, Judith, ed., JEWISH WOMEN IN HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE, 2nd ed.
Cohen, Mark, UNDER CRESCENT AND CROSS
Cohen, Shaye, FROM THE MACCABEES TO THE MISHNAH
Lewis, Bernard, THE JEWS OF ISLAM
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Examination and Assignments:
Two papers (approximately 5-6 pages each), mid-term, final, and weekly posts to the course web site
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
It is a lecture course, but student participation is expected. Class participation, including discussions, and postings on discussion board are required.
This course is a gateway course for the Certificate for Jewish and Israel Studies.
It also counts toward the Medieval Studies major; History Major; and the Middle Eastern Studies Certificate.
For History major this course counts toward the following modules: Europe; Middle East; Before Modernity/Pre-Industrial; Empires and Encounters; Jewish History, Society, and Culture; Migration; Religion and History
This course fulfills the "Historical Traditions" requirement for the Region Department major.
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