Who wrote the Hebrew Bible and why does the answer affect Jewish politics today? Where are the biblical borders of the Land of Israel? What is the Bible’s view on territorial compromise? What is the political history of the first Jewish commonwealth? What caused the first civil war among the Jewish people? What does the Bible say about the ideal form of government? What happened to the ten lost tribes of Israel? Why was the first Temple destroyed? In this course, we will look at each of these questions by studying selections from the Hebrew Bible in English translation and their implications for contemporary Jewish political issues.
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 … Read More
In this course, we will examine the range of European Jewish responses to modernity and the shaping of modern Judaism in Europe through the twentieth century. Topics include the Jewish Enlightenment, the dynamics of Emancipation, … Read More