NEAREAST 576 - What is Judaism?
Section: 001
Term: FA 2017
Subject: Near East Studies (NEAREAST)
Department: LSA Near Eastern Studies
Credit Exclusions:
No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in JUDAIC 205/HJCS 276.
Advisory Prerequisites:
Graduate standing.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This course provides a sweeping overview of the rise and development of Jewish civilization from its origins to the present. Students will gain insight into the remarkable diversity that has marked Jewish culture and religious expression throughout its more than 3000-year history in various regions across the globe. Our premise is that Jewish civilization must be understood as a dynamic set of traditions, texts, beliefs, ideas, and practices that have developed through interaction and dialogue with surrounding cultures. We will explore a range of cultural strategies that have enabled Jews to adapt to changing historical conditions and that have given new meanings to the meaning of Jewish identity. Our method of study will involve a close study of selected primary sources, from biblical and rabbinic texts to philosophical works and autobiographies.

Course Requirements:

Requirements include weekly responses to readings, three quizzes, a primary source analysis, and a final exam.

Intended Audience:

No previous knowledge of Judaism or Jewish history is required or expected.

Class Format:

What is Judaism? is taught by an interdisciplinary team: the primary instructor provides the general framework in introductory lectures for each unit and U-M specialists in Judaic Studies offer guest lectures on a range of topics pertaining to Jewish history, religion, and culture. Discussion sessions provide the opportunity for direct contact with primary sources and for conversation.

NEAREAST 576 - What is Judaism?
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