1JEWISH SOCIETY AND CULTURE I (Ancient and Medieval) FALL 2011 Jewish Studies 01:563:201 History 01:506:271 Middle Eastern Studies 01:685:208 Tues/Thurs 7th period 6:10-7:30 p.m. Murray 211 Professor Gary A. Rendsburg Office: 12 College Avenue, room 203 Office Hours: T 1:00-2:00 / Th 4:30-5:30 (or by appointment) Phone: 732-932-3573 Email: [email protected]Course Description: This course examines the social, religious, intellectual, and political experience of the Jewish people from the crystallization of their national-religious consciousness in the biblical period through the end of the 15th century. The religion and culture of the Jews are discussed within the broader context of their environment. The course divides neatly into three main periods: the biblical (or ancient) period, the post-biblical period (known as late antiquity), and the medieval period. We will begin our course with the ancient Israelites as an independent people in their own land, and then move to the study of the Jews under foreign rule (including Babylonia, Persia, Greece, Rome, Islam, and Christianity). Primary sources (Bible, Dead Sea Scrolls, Josephus, Talmud, Maimonides, etc.) are emphasized throughout. The course concludes with the Expulsion of the Jews from the Iberian Peninsula. The course is required for majors and minors in Jewish Studies, and it is also cross-listed in History and in Middle Eastern Studies. Core Learning Goals: Via this course, students will be expected to: •Understand the bases and development of human and societal endeavors across time and place. (B.h) •Explain the development of some aspect of a society or culture over time, including the history of ideas or history of science. (B.k) •Employ historical reasoning to study human endeavors. (B.l)
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