Fall 2013 Graduate Courses

Jewish History I: Ancient and Medieval
16:563:501; MW4; Rendsburg, 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.


American Jewish Life
16:563:510; Tuesday, 1:00-4:00; Jeffrey Shandler, 12 College Avenue

This course will examine key works in the study of Jewish life in America since the turn of the twentieth century, including works of journalism, sociology, anthropology, sociolinguistics, and ethnomusicology. The course will consider both the dynamics of American Jewry during this period and the intellectual history of its study in the social sciences.