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Jewish History: From Biblical Israel to Diaspora Jews

HIST 247
Fall 2013
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: RELI 261, MDST 247
Certificates: Jewish and Israel Studies, Middle Eastern Studies

The survey course on the history of Jews will cover the long period from biblical times to 16th century, a period during which Judaism, Christianity, and Islam formed, shaping the foundation of mutual attitudes among these groups for centuries to come. The course will examine transformations of identity from biblical Israelites to Jews living among Christians and Muslims. We will discuss stereotypes and presuppositions of Jewish life and history, including what the historian Salo W. Baron dubbed the "lachrymose concept of Jewish history"--Jewish history as history of suffering. The course will illuminate the experience of Jews whose lives, and deaths, demonstrate that they were active actors rather than just passive victims of historical events. We will discuss the mutual influences of Jews and non-Jews on their cultures and experiences. The readings will consist mostly of primary historical sources on Jewish culture, politics, economic activities, social and legal status, and the Jews' relations with non-Jews: Christians and Muslims.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS HIST
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Student Option
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (HIST)(MDST)(MDST-Art/Arch)(MDST-History)(MDST-Lang/Lit)(MDST-Phil/Reli)(RELI)(SISP-Hist Conc)(SISP-Reli Conc)
Past Enrollment Probability: 90% or above

Last Updated on APR-24-2014
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