Scribes, Seers and Sages: The Cultures of Early Judaism|
|Certificates: Jewish and Israel Studies|
This seminar will trace the roots of Jewish society in the Mediterranean during the first thousand years of Jewish history. These Jewish communities produced a variety of literatures, including the Dead Sea Scrolls, apocalyptic and apocryphal texts, Greco-Jewish philosophy, drama and poetry as well as the classics of the Rabbinic tradition. By investigating this literature along with ancient archives, inscriptions, and Jewish art and architecture, this course demonstrates the richness and diversity of the Jewish experience and explores the institutions and experiences which bound Jews scattered throughout the Mediterranean together as a collective. Special attention will be paid to the formation of Jewish identity in the context of imperial cultures, the efflorescence of Jewish literary and cultural expression in the Hellenistic Diaspora, the boundaries of Jewish sectarianism, the birth of the ancient synagogue, and the evolution of Rabbinic Judaism.
Intercultural Literacy, Interpretation
Students will be exposed to a variety of ancient texts from Jewish, Christian and Pagan traditions and develop critical tools for interpreting them in their historical context.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (RELI)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
J. Charlesworth, OLD TESTAMENT PSEUDEPIGRAPHA (Anchor Bible)
G. Vermes, COMPLETE DEAD SEA SCROLLS IN ENGLISH (Penguin Classics)
P. Schafer THE HISTORY OF THE JEWS IN THE GRECO-ROMAN WORLD (Rutledge)
|Examination and Assignments: |
One final exam, three short papers, and a 12-15 page research paper.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This course fulfills the "Thematic Approach" OR "Historical Traditions" requirement for the Religion department major.
|Instructor(s): Spielman,Loren Roberts Times: ..T.R.. 10:30AM-11:50AM; Location: TBA|
|Total Enrollment Limit: 19||SR major: 3||JR major: 3|| || |
|Seats Available: 18||GRAD: 0||SR non-major: 3||JR non-major: 3||SO: 4||FR: 3|
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