Skip to main content

Spring 2017

Special Topics: Jewish and Christian Relations (JS3890)

Catalog Description: This course offers a brief history of relations between Christians and Jews and invites participants into critical engagement with present practices in light of that history. The course begins with a recognition that many of the worst examples…

Classical Judaism (JS1200)

Catalog Description: History of the Jewish people from biblical origins through the 2nd century CE. The Hellenistic Age, the Age of the Maccabees, Roman rule, and the rise of the Rabbis and Rabbinic literature. Next Offered: AXLE Category: Writing Course:…

Issues in Rabbinic Literature (JS2150)

Catalog Description:History of Rabbinic thought from its origins to the Middle Ages through the reading of central Rabbinic texts. Capital punishment, women in Rabbinic culture, sectarianism, and the power structures of Roman Palestine and Sasanian Babylonia. Next Offered: AXLE Category:…

Coming of Age in Jewish Literature and Film (JS 2260)

Catalog Description: The transition of young Jewish protagonists into adulthood as portrayed in literary works and films from Europe, Africa, and the Americas. Syllabus Description: This course examines coming-of-age novels, stories, memoirs, and films from multiple Jewish cultural perspectives. What…

Freud and Jewish Identity (JS2320)

Catalog Description: Analysis of rhetoric and themes in selected writings of Sigmund Freud and his times, development of assimilation and of anti-Semitic repudiation. From the Syllabus: This course examines selected writings of Sigmund Freud within the context of contemporary Viennese…

The Jewish Diaspora (JS2450)

Catalog Description: Changing Jewish communities, especially outside the United States and Israel, in macro-historical context. Post-communist European Jewish identity. New global diasporas and their relationship to the largest Jewish communities in Israel and the United States From the Syllabus: Of…

Jews in Egypt (JS2620)

Catalog Description: Jewish life and experience under Egyptian, Greek, Roman, and Muslim rule in Egypt from the Ptolemies to 1956 and after. Jewish self-government, economic life, and culture over twenty-three centuries, as seen through letters, documents, and imaginative literature. From…

Elementary Hebrew (HEBR 1101)

This course will provide introduction to alphabet, the basics of grammar, and elementary conversation in the Hebrew language. As the vocabulary will expand, grammatical structures will be incorporated through the exposure to different kinds of texts. Aspects of Israeli culture…

Intermediate Hebrew (HEBR 2201)

This course will concentrate on developing a significant level of linguistic and communicative competence in Hebrew. Active and passive lexicon will be expanded and advanced grammatical structures will be introduced through exposure to different kinds of texts. Aspects of Israeli…