Survey of Jewish History

Jews have adjusted, integrated, and reinvented what it means to be Jewish for thousands of years. In this course, we will explore how Jews have experienced the world as a tiny and vulnerable nation, as prosperous and thriving minority communities, and as the threatened (and threatening) "other." The survey will ask how Jewish communities from ancient times to our own age have defined themselves as "Israel." Our sources will include academic surveys, scholarly articles, and a wealth of primary sources ranging from steles to biblical texts, from ancient incantations to Talmudic texts, from first-person documentary accounts to journalists' opinion pieces, and more.

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Cantorial
Rabbinic Pastor
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Cantorial: ALEPH Required
RP: ALEPH Required