Intertwined Destinies: A History of Medieval Jewish Civilization

The course will illustrate the distinctiveness of medieval Judaism through an exploration of the major trends in medieval Judaism. Topics include the medieval Jewish mindset, Jews living under Islam and Christianity, Jewish-Muslim and Jewish-Christian cultural interaction, medieval Jewish literature, Jewish approaches to the Hebrew Bible, Jewish philosophy, the Kabbalah, and Christian Hebraism. We will look at the historical examples of Jews in Spain, Germany, and Poland-Lithuania-Ukraine and examine many original texts in translation. The course is accompanied by David Ariel’s Intertwined Destinies: A Narrative of Medieval Jewish Civilization.