HJCS 291 - Topics in Hebrew and Judaic Cultural Studies
Section: 002 Vision and Images in Judaism
Term: WN 2008
Subject: Hebrew and Jewish Cultural Studies (HJCS)
Department: LSA Near Eastern Studies
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Taught in English.
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Judaism has been characterized as a "religion of the book" or as an "auditory" culture, often in opposition to Christianity, which has been depicted as a "religion of the image" or as an "ocular" culture. This course treats the question of Jewish attitudes towards and conceptions of vision and images. We will examine the supposedly Jewish ambivalence towards images or towards seeing as a basis for cultural and religious experience. This will be done via the study of biblical, Rabbinic, philosophical, literary and visual sources. Issues we will treat will include: visions of the divine, idolatry and the second commandment; iconophobia, iconoclasm and blindness; the regulation of seeing and vision in rabbinic culture; images and ethics in modern Jewish thought; Jews as image-makers and image-breakers; Jewish art.

HJCS 291 - Topics in Hebrew and Judaic Cultural Studies
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001 (LEC)
M 9:00AM - 12:00PM
002 (LEC)
TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
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