Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog
2016-17

Jewish Studies - Courses

HEB 101 Elementary Modern Hebrew 1
Hebrew

The beginning course of Modern Israeli Hebrew. Essentials of grammar, syntax and conversational practice; elementary reading and writing. Note: Students with other previous experience in Hebrew must take a placement exam.

Credits: 5
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall
Grading: Graded (GRD)


HEB 102 Elementary Modern Hebrew 2
Hebrew

The continuation of Hebrew 101. Note: Students with other previous experience in Hebrew must take a placement exam.

Credits: 5
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)
Pre-Requisites: HEB 101



HEB 201 Intermediate Hebrew 1
Hebrew

Further development of language skills: listening comprehension, oral efficiency, intermediate grammar and syntax, reading and writing. Note: Students with other previous expereince in Hebrew must take a placement exam.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall
Grading: Graded (GRD)
Pre-Requisites: HEB 102


HEB 202 Intermediate Hebrew 2
Hebrew

A continuation of Hebrew 201. Note: Students with other previous experience in Hebrew must take a placement exam.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)
Pre-Requisites: HEB 201



JDS 101 Introduction to Jewish History
Judaic Studies

Major political, social, and theological trends in Jewish history, from the formation of ancient Israel until the present day.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)


JDS 103 Introduction to Judaism
Judaic Studies

Survey of Judaism and the rich Jewish legacy: basic philosophical, theological, social, and political values and practices of Judaism as they developed over time in a variety of social and political environments.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall
Grading: Graded (GRD)



JDS 111 Great Jewish Books
Judaic Studies

Introduces and analyzes great works of Jewish literature from ancient to modern times: the Bible, Talmud; Guide for the Perplexed; Kuzari; poetry of the Golden Age in Spain; the great moderns.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)


JDS 112 Women in the Jewish Family
Judaic Studies

Comparative contemporary social and psychological studies of women intermingle with rabbinic ones in an endeavor to bring into sharper focus women's status, social roles, behavior, and impact on Jewish life; the Jewish woman in historical perspective, drawing upon oriental, European, and modern American societies as well as contemporary Feminist perspectives.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)



JDS 141 Introduction to Yiddish I
Judaic Studies

Students acquire the fundamentals of the sound system of Yiddish structure and basic reading and writing skills.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall
Grading: Graded (GRD)


JDS 142 Introduction to Yiddish II
Judaic Studies

Second semester of introductory course.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)



JDS 201 Israel and the Ancient Near East
Judaic Studies

People of the Bible; the environment in which they lived; what they absorbed and rejected from Mesopotamia, Syria, Anatolia, Iran, Egypt. How to critically read ancient texts in comparative contexts.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall
Grading: Graded (GRD)


JDS 202 Israel and the Emergence of Judaism
Judaic Studies

Post-biblical Jews and Judaism; their adaptation to Greco-Roman life; rise of Jewish sectarianism; writing of the Talmud. How to critically read ancient texts in comparative contexts.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)



JDS 204 Introduction to Jewish Ethics
Judaic Studies

This course will examine the meaning of Jewish ethics as a development of character and the obedience to universal principles of justice. We will then examine Jewish perspectives on contemporary ethical issues such as war and peace, feminism, abortion, economics and charity, and the environment.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall
Grading: Graded (GRD)


JDS 205 Historical Geography and Archaeology of Israel
Judaic Studies

Methods and results of excavation in Israel; development of material culture (pottery, architecture, and so forth) and its interpretation.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)



JDS 206 Chassidic Philosophy
Judaic Studies

Historical context and causes of the rise of the Chassidic movement and specific Chassidic sects in modern Eastern Europe. Basic concepts and practices as revised and interpreted by Chassidic leaders.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)


JDS 207 Gender, Judaism, Society
Judaic Studies

This course explores the role of gendering in Judaism over time and space, using a variety of primary texts and theoretical models.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall
Grading: Graded (GRD)



JDS 209 Women in Jewish Literature
Judaic Studies

The course will chart the role of women in modern Jewish literature. We will consider portrayals of women in traditional Jewish sources, and focus on the way that Jewish women authors sought to challenge or develop such portrayals in their own writings.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)


JDS 210 Introduction to the Old Testament
Judaic Studies

Critical, thematic, historic, and literary study of the roots of Judeo-Christian tradition as recorded in the writings of ancient Israel; different methods of biblical criticism.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)



JDS 212 Special Topics
Judaic Studies

Topics vary by semester.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)


JDS 214 The American Jewish Woman
Judaic Studies

Relationships and conflicts that shaped the identity of the American Jewish woman: Jewish women and the American women's rights movement; immigrant Jewish women and labor activism; impact of feminism on Judaism.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)



JDS 225 Modern Times and Religion
Judaic Studies

The 19th century Industrial Revolution (steam engine, railroad, mass production) is not yet the 20th century Communications Revolution (phone, radio, movies, TV, computers, internet, Wi-Fi, cell phones, cable). The last thoughts and outlooks of a three thousand year old spiritual-intellectual heritage in the West reach their fruition and open new prospects, such as the spread of democracy, the rise of liberal religion, the growth of metropolitan culture, and the prospect of general prosperity. Seeking these breakthroughs at their sources, we will explore the old and the new in the prose and poetry of Mendelsohn, Hegel, Feuerbach, Schopenhauer, Marx, Melville, Dostoyevsky, Whitman, Comte, Darwin, Bergson, Nietzsche and Freud, among others.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)


JDS 229 Medieval Judaism
Judaic Studies

Medieval Jewish texts, culture, imaginative literature, ritual, practice and thought.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall
Grading: Graded (GRD)



JDS 230 Modern Jewish History
Judaic Studies

Jewish experience from the late 18th century to the present day; Western and Eastern European Jewry; ethnic origins and backgrounds of contemporary Jewry in the United States, Canada, and Israel.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)


JDS 235 The American Jewish Experience
Judaic Studies

American Jewish life from colonial beginnings to the present: immigration; assimilation; social mobility; education and the family; group identity.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)



JDS 237 History of Israel and Zionism
Judaic Studies

This course will chart the development of a prophetic persona in Hebrew Literature in relation to the Zionist Project. We will reflect upon the specific attributes of the genre of prophetic Zionist Literature and consider it within the historical, literary and theological contexts from which it emerged. Readings include: Abraham Mapu, Judah Leib, Gordon, Ahad Ha-am, and Chaim Nachman Bialik.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)


JDS 250 Introduction to Biblical Hebrew
Judaic Studies

Reading and understanding the Hebrew Bible without recourse to complicated grammatical exegeses; stresses fundamentals, not the problems of the language.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall
Grading: Graded (GRD)



JDS 253 Jewish, Christian, Islamic Ethics
Judaic Studies

How similar is Jewish, Christian and Islamic thought? Do they share a common ethics? This course will examine some central thinkers and works within each tradition, while comparing and contrasting different perspectives on God, the prophet, sacred texts, ethics, free will and tolerance for those of other faiths.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)


JDS 254 Interpreting the Old Testament: the Great Jewish Commentators
Judaic Studies

How did Jews interpret the Bible before biblical criticism? We will examine the different methodologies of classic interpreters such as Rashi, Nachmanides, Ibn Ezra, Gersonides, Arama and Abravanel through the varied approaches of midrash, philosophy, philology and mysticism. Topics to be discussed include creation, leadership, ethics, sexuality, religious polemics, time, history, and Mosaic authorship.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)



JDS 260 Midrash: Rabbinic Exegesis
Judaic Studies

Examination of the creative literary devices and novel interpretations of Biblical and extra-Biblical narratives by later rabbinic scholars. What are the rabbis trying to accomplish?

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)


JDS 261 Responsa Literature
Judaic Studies

Survey of the Responsa literature through which authoritative rabbis answer every day life questions and that began in the post-Talmudic period and has continued to flourish until the present. On what basis are answers formulated? What gives authority to the answers? Selected examples to be examined in detail.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)



JDS 262 Topics in Hebrew Language and Literature
Judaic Studies

Hebrew grammar or that of other Semitic languages (not Arabic) and reading of various periods' literary texts in the original tongue.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)


JDS 265 Readings in the Hebrew Bible
Judaic Studies

Readings of selected biblical literature in original Hebrew.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)



JDS 267 Ancient Western Wisdom
Judaic Studies

Reawakening ancient debates surrounding science, ethics, aesthetics, skepticism, epicureanism, myth, stoicism, poetry, prophecy, polytheism and monotheism, this course will examine the meaning of the good, the true and the beautiful.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)


JDS 268 Human and Animal
Judaic Studies

The course will examine various depictions of human-animal relationship in Western literature and culture, from classical times to modern times. By looking at these texts, we will chart the emergence of a figure that occupies a borderline state between human and animal, and explore its implications for our understanding of Jewish and Christian relationships as well as human and animal nature. Readings include: Ovid, Marie de France, Hobbes, Shakespeare, Heine, Baudelaire, Tolstoy, Nietzsche, Kafka, and more.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Grading: Graded (GRD)



JDS 280 Jewish Mysticism
Judaic Studies

Origins and development of Kabbalah. Kabbalist readings of Creation, the soul, reincarnation, attachment to the divine. Role of "mysticism" in Jewish religion and community life.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall
Grading: Graded (GRD)


JDS 283 The Holocaust and Jewish Law
Judaic Studies

Full range of legal and ethical problems posed during the Holocaust and certain precedent-setting decisions set down in the Responsa literature.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)



JDS 284 Justice in Bibles, Law, and Philosophy
Judaic Studies

A comparative study of the relationship between justice, law, and society in pagan, Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Thought.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)


JDS 296 Jewish Business Ethics
Judaic Studies

History and development of Jewish business law and ethics; comparative study of Jewish and American law relating to business and economic issues.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)



JDS 304 Mesopotamian Archaeology
Judaic Studies

Studies the masterpieces of the architecture, painting, and sculpture of the societies that lived in the Tigris and Euphrates Valleys until the era of the Persian Empire.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)


JDS 306 Special Topics
Judaic Studies

Topics vary by semester.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)



JDS 382 Topics in Talmudic Law
Judaic Studies

Specialized studies of how specific Jewish laws developed and their relationship to the larger context of civil and ritual law in Judaism.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)


JDS 384 Maimonides: His Life and Works
Judaic Studies

Considered the greatest Jewish philosopher of all time, this course will examine Maimonides? philosophy, comparing it to contemporary Islamic philosophy and Aristotle. Texts include selections from Mishnah Torah, Guide of the Perplexed, and Thirteen Principles of Faith.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)



JDS 385 Maimonides: The Guide for the Perplexed
Judaic Studies

Close reading of Maimonides's Guide of the Perplexed.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)


JDS 396 Medicine of the Soul: Religion and Science in Jewish Thought
Judaic Studies

This course covers the history of the relationship of Judaism to science, philosophy and medicine from the 6th Century until today, tracing the relationship between conceptions of wellness and virtue. We will ask: can the Jewish tradition respond to the scientific critiques of religion by Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens?

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)



JDS 399 Redemption in Jewish Thought
Judaic Studies

A survey of various conceptions of Redemption, in contrast to personal salvation or purely secular utopianism, as the central purpose of Judaism.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)


JDS 401 Aspects of American Jewish History
Judaic Studies

Selected topics in American Jewish history, from colonial to mid-nineteenth century German-Jewish immigration to later East European immigration; formation of American Judaisms; impact of America on Jews and Jews on America.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)



JDS 402 Jewish Law in Development
Judaic Studies

Historical, sociological, and legal concerns in early and later rabbinic literature; how Jewish life and thought relate to trends in legal interpretation though the centuries.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)


JDS 426 Special Topics
Judaic Studies

Topics vary by semester.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)



JDS 455 Special Topics
Judaic Studies

Topics vary by semester.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)



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