Fall 2012 Graduate Courses

Jewish History I: Ancient and Medieval
16:563:501; Index #12536; MW4; Azzan Yadin-Israel                        Hardenberg A7

This course examines the social, religious, intellectual, and political experience of the Jewish people from the crystallization of their national-religious consciousness in the biblical period through the end of the 15th century. The religion and culture of the Jews are discussed within the broader context of their environment. The course divides neatly into three main periods: the biblical (or ancient) period, the post-biblical period (known as late antiquity), and the medieval period. We begin the course with the ancient Israelites as an independent people in its own land, and then move to the study of the Jews under foreign rule (including Babylonia, Persia, Greece, Rome, Islam, and Christianity). Primary sources (Bible, Dead Sea Scrolls, Josephus, Talmud, Maimonides, medieval chronicles, etc.) are emphasized throughout. The course concludes with the Expulsion of the Jews from the Iberian Peninsula.


Europe and Its Jews: Problems and Directed Readings in Modern Jewish Historiography
16:563:580; Index #17414; Th 9:50-12:50; Nancy Sinkoff                 12 College Avenue

This course explores the central trends and personalities in modern Jewish writing (historiography). It strives to cover the classic debates in modern Jewish historiography as well as to engage in newer debates within general historiography that have had an impact on the writing of Jewish history. The course also endeavors to sensitize students to the self-representation inherent in historical writing generally and about the Jews specifically.