Winter 2018 Courses

Judaic Studies
Winter 2018 Courses

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JST/HST 317U | Jewish History I: From Antiquity to the Medieval Period

JST 325U | Retelling the Bible

JST/HST 379U | History of Zionism

JST/HST 380U | The Holocaust

HST 494/594 | Public History Seminar: Museums and Memory in the U.S. and Israel

JST/HST 317U - Jewish History I: From Antiquity to the Medieval Period
INSTRUCTOR: Loren Spielman
TIME/DAY(S): TR 10:00am - 11:50am
LOCATION: Cramer Hall 400A
CRN: 45269/45067

When does the history of the Jews begin? How reliable is the Bible as a source for Jewish origins? What was life like for Jews living under Greek and Roman rule, during the time of Jesus, or under the first Christian and Muslim empires? This course will answer all these questions, covering the Jewish historical experience from its Biblical origins (circa 1000 BCE) through the end of the first millennium (1000 CE). We will examine diverse forms of Jewish life during antiquity and examine the boundaries of pre-modern Jewish cultural and religious identity. Special attention will also be paid to ancient Jewish literature, including texts from the Hebrew Bible, the Jewish Apocrypha, the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Talmud. This class is the first in a two semester introduction to the study of Jewish history, religion and culture (no prerequisites are required). University Studies cluster: Interpreting the Past.

JST 325U - Retelling the Bible
INSTRUCTOR: Loren Spielman
TIME/DAY(S): MW 2:00pm - 3:50pm
LOCATION: Cramer Hall 254
CRN: 45268

The stories that make up the Hebrew Bible were not only told, but recounted, reformulated and interpreted by different cultures, faiths and peoples from antiquity through the present day. This course will examine the first attempts at Jewish Biblical interpretation dating from the third century BCE through the sixth century CE. We will discuss a number of early genres of Biblical interpretation, including inter-Biblical interpretation, rewritten Bible, translation, pesher, allegory, allusion, midrash and liturgy. We will discuss the ways that Post-biblical sources, including the Apocrypha, Dead Sea Scrolls, Rabbinic literature and a vareity of Greco-Jewish authors, chose to represent some of the most famous Biblical stories and personages. These "retellings of the Bible" do far more than preserve ancient attempts to grapple with the questions and contradictions posed by sacred texts. They reveal the unique thoughts, anxieties, and experiences of authors from throughout the ancient Mediterranean. University Studies cluster: Interpreting the Past.

JST/HST 379U - History of Zionism
INSTRUCTOR: Nina Spiegel
TIME/DAY(S): TR 2:00pm - 3:50pm
LOCATION: Parkmill 261
CRN: 42174/41969

This course will explore the ideas and visions that shaped the modern Israeli state. Zionism created a revolution in Jewish life. In this course, we will look closely at its birth, its development, its various forms, meanings and accompanying debates, many of which persist in the present day. We will investigate the Zionist movement in Europe in the nineteenth century, the variety and diversity of Zionist visions, and the movement's growth in Palestine from the late nineteenth century up until the formation of the state of Israel. The course examines the roots of the Arab-Jewish conflict and the society and culture that the Zionist movement created in Ottoman and British Mandate Palestine. Incorporating a variety of sources, the class includes visual media, such as photography and film, as well as novels and memoirs. University Studies cluster: Global Perspectives.

JST/HST 380U - The Holocaust
TIME/DAY(S): TR 12:00pm - 1:50pm
LOCATION: Cramer Hall 383
CRN: 45270/45073

This course will introduce students to the Nazi-planned and executed genocide of European Jewry that has come to be known as the Holocaust. Although we will of course study the so-called "Final Solution" and the process of mass murder, the course aims to provide a broad and contextualized understanding of many aspects of the Holocaust. These include the German and European contexts for the rise of Nazism; the nature of antisemitism and its links to Nazi ideology and policy; the nature and definition of resistance; the question of the "bystanders"; and types of collaboration. The goal is to gain an understanding of the Holocaust as an aspect of many different kinds of history: Jewish history, German history, European history, the history of antisemitism, and perhaps also the history of human civilization (or absence thereof). As time permits, we will also touch upon how the Holocaust is understood and "used" in contemporary society. University Studies cluster: Global Perspectives.

HST 494/594 - Public History Seminar: Museums & Memory in the U.S. and Israel
INSTRUCTOR: Nina Spiegel
TIME/DAY(S): W 12:00pm - 2:50pm
LOCATION: Fifth Avenue Cinema (CIN) 92
CRN: 45647 / 45648

This seminar examines the relationship between national history, memory, and museums in Israel and the United States. Incorporating field trips to local museums, the course investigates cultural debates that take place over the presentation of national history at public sites. Providing a comparative approach, the course explores the role of memory in shaping national identity, investigating questions such as: How is national memory formed? How does it operate in different national contexts? What are the politics of cultural memory in these two locales? No prerequisites are required. Satisfies University Diversity Requirement.

Professor Michael Weingrad is away on sabbatical until Fall 2018.