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Jewish Art and Rituals in Context


ARHA 212
Spring 2013
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: HEST 228, RELI 482, HIST 212
Certificates: International Relations, Civic Engagement, Jewish and Israel Studies
Course Cluster: Service-Learning

This course covers the history of Judaica. Although it will look at the early sources of ceremonial arts in antiquity and the Middle Ages, it will focus on Jewish art since the Renaissance and until modern times. The halakhic, or legal requirements, in Jewish law for Judaica are one context for understanding the objects; the second is their relationship to the forms and style of similar pieces of the decorative arts in the period of their creation.
The goal of the course is to give students an understanding of the range of ceremonial art used in the practice of Judaism and how individual works were fashioned out of a creative tension between the minimal demands of Jewish law and models in the art of surrounding cultures. Another aim is to enable students to analyze a work visually and to connect the work to others that are similar in style and form.
The course will result in an exhibition curated at the Congregation Adath Israel.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA ART
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ARHA)(RELI)(SISP-Reli Conc)
Past Enrollment Probability: 90% or above

Last Updated on APR-24-2014
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