Introduction to Judaism (JS 1010)
Catalog description: Judaism from the ancient Near East to the present day. The Jewish life cycle. Varieties of Jewish practice throughout history. Interaction and dialogue with other religious communities, and the challenges posed by modernity in the wake of Jewish ‘enlightenment’ and political emancipation.
In this course, we will explore the development of Jewish religion from its foundations in the ancient Near East to its contemporary manifestations ranging from the secular to the Orthodox. Drawing on the literature from the field of Religious Studies, we will consider the central questions Judaism seeks to answer and we will study how interaction and dialogue with other religious communities throughout two millennia of diaspora has shaped and continues to shape Judaism. We will examine the Jewish life cycle and the varieties of Jewish expression throughout history, as well as the challenges Judaism faces in modernity in the wake of Jewish “enlightenment” and political emancipation.
Instructor: Phil Lieberman
Eligible for credit in:
- Religious Studies
- International Cultures