JUDAIC 617 - Graduate Topics in Judaic Studies
Fall 2021, Section 001 - Judaism: Origins, Histories, and Practices
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Judaic Studies (JUDAIC)
Department: LSA Judaic Studies
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May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
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This course provides an overview of the rise and development of Judaism from its origins to the present. Our goal will be to understand Judaism 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 shaped Jewish identities and gender formations. While it often categorized as a “religion,” we will introduce other rubrics for understanding Judaism, including that of “peoplehood” and “nation,” as well as the notion of Jews as an “ethnoreligious” or “ethnoracial” group. We will also consider modern expressions of Jewishness, such as Zionism, Reform Judaism, and secular Yidishkayt.

As we work through primary source material--from biblical and rabbinic texts to philosophical and mystical works and autobiographies, students will gain familiarity with the central methodologies that scholars of Jewish studies use to analyze these sources. No prior knowledge of Jewish studies at the graduate level is necessary for participation in this course.


JUDAIC 617 - Graduate Topics in Judaic Studies
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001 (REC)
 In Person
W 1:00PM - 4:00PM
004 (REC)
 In Person
TuTh 5:30PM - 7:00PM

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