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This course is an elementary course for students who have never studied the Hebrew language or those who have not studied it beyond grade six. The course is designed to teach students the alphabet, basic grammar, syntax, and vocabulary. Course material will build basic oral and written comprehension.
Antirequisite(s):Hebrew 1020, Grades 7-12 Hebrew or equivalent.
Prerequisite(s): Permission of the faculty.
Extra Information: 4 hours. Cross-listed with Hebrew 1020.
This course is an elementary course for students who have never studied the Hebrew language or those who have not studied it beyond grade 3. The course is designed to teach students the alphabet, basic grammar, syntax, and vocabulary. Course material will build basic oral and written comprehension.
A selective survey of various recent Jewish philosophical self-understandings, including an examination of some contemporary Jewish biblical scholarship dealing with disputed moral issues such as sexuality, reproductive issues, the position of women, capital punishment, and the environment.
An introductory survey of some of the forms that anti-Semitic ideas have taken from the time of the later Roman Empire until today, together with an examination of some responses to those ideas by philosophers and political theorists.
Surveys of the Dead Sea Scrolls in translation, providing introduction to types of literature, archaeological contexts, and history of interpretation of the Scrolls over the past half century. Special attention will be paid to the religious beliefs of the Qumran community within the diverse Judaism of the Second Temple Period.
This course is designed to build upon skills in reading and speaking modern Hebrew, developed in earlier courses. Students will gain increased vocabulary, and a greater understanding of more complex grammatical structures.
Course Description: An examination of the heroes, villains, and miracle stories of the Hebrew Bible from their roots in the ancient Near East to their incorporation into early Judaism. Comparisons will be made to the role of these stories in early Christianity.
Course Description: What is wisdom, and how do we attain it? Several books of the Bible are part of an ancient 'wisdom tradition' which spanned from ancient Egypt to Babylon to ancient Israel. What advice do these texts have, and what can they tell us about the well-lived life?
Course Description: Is it really possible to live according to biblical commandments? An exploration of biblical legal texts and early Jewish methods for transforming them into workable systems of law and ethics in the Mishnah and Talmuds. Focuses on questions of what makes legal interpretation valid and differentiating law from morality.
This course will introduce students to the texts of the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, paying particular attention to the historical and cultural environment of the ancient Israelites. The course will cover major texts from the Torah, historical books, prophetic books, and wisdom literature.
Topics include biblical and rabbinic texts as materials for philosophical exegesis -- the creation of the universe out of nothing, divine commands and moral requirements, freedom of the will, God's mysterious justice; Neoplatonism; Islamic influence on medieval Jewish thought; Maimonides and Jewish Aristotelianism; the Spanish conservative reaction; the Italian classical revival.
Enlightenment; historical scholarship and reform; the reassertion of tradition; Jewish speculative philosophy of history; other faiths; rationalism; evil, suffering, and the Holocaust; issues of inclusion -- the role of women; Zionism; rationality and belief at the present time.
This course examines the history of Jews and Judaism as a history of cultural development, change, and negotiation. How have Jews interacted with other cultures? How has the nature of Jewish identity, culture, and religion varied and shifted over time? The class will focus on major events, issues, and developments.
This course introduces students to the major events, figures, and themes of Jewish history from the Spanish Expulsion to the post-WWII era, including the Enlightenment and Emancipation, Zionism, the Holocaust, and the foundation of Israel.
Antirequisite: History 2822F/G.
This course aims to build on the skills learned in Hebrew 2200 to improve students’ competency in oral and written Modern Hebrew. Exposure to a variety of materials, including literature, poetry, articles, and films, will enable students to develop oral and written fluency.
The impact of the Holocaust (1938-45) on Judaism in terms of its philosophy-theology, subsequent placement in Western society, and on Western and Global society. Students will examine the historical-social context of anti-Semitism/National Socialism as well as investigating Jewish responses in theology, philosophy and socio-political identity after the Holocaust.
Antirequisite: Religious Studies 3450F/G.
Prerequisite(s): Completion of first-year requirements including 1.0 course from Category A or 1.0 course in History.