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Scribes, Seers, and Sages: The Cultures of Early Judaism

RELI 374
Spring 2013 not offered
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 that 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.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA RELI
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (RELI)

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