RELIGION 402 - Topics in Religion
Fall 2021, Section 002
Instruction Mode: Section 002 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Religion (RELIGION)
Department: LSA Studies in Religion
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Advisory Prerequisites:
Junior standing or permission of instructor.
May not be repeated for credit.


What is the role of children, boys and girls, in Judaism? Although the religious education of children in the family has always been a major concern in Judaism, children are rarely presented as role models in the Hebrew Bible. Since Hellenistic-Roman times (in Second Temple Judaism and the New Testament) we can see more attention being paid to children, which led Jews (and Christians) to stress the importance of schooling and formal education even outside the family. Children however were not recognized as autonomous until the nineteenth century, when Jews and Christians in Europe and the United States got involved in the general cultural debate on children's rights, which also led to the establishment of the first youth organizations. The course will focus in particular on the "ideal" role that Jews attributed to children based on their reading and rereading of ancient scriptures, and on the Holocaust as a very special chapter in the experience of the Jewish child, when thousands of children in total abandonment found themselves forced to take their destiny in their own hands, in the struggle to survive, in hiding, in ghettoes or concentration camps.

Class Format:

Two 90-minute meetings weekly. As a DC (Distance due to COVID) course, all aspects of this course will be fully compatible with remote online learning. However, students will need to be available for virtual class meetings at their scheduled times.


RELIGION 402 - Topics in Religion
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001 (SEM)
 In Person
Th 4:00PM - 7:00PM
002 (SEM)
 In Person

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