This course is designed to serve as a selective survey of Jewish history and culture from the biblical period to the present. It operates on the conviction that cultural, literary, and religious creations are the products of historical experience and represent imaginative responses to that experience. At the same time, they work both to mold and to transform understandings of Jewish identity. Over the course of the semester we will focus on a variety of historical settings (the Babylonian exile; Islamic and Christian Spain; Enlightenment Europe; the U.S. in the 20th century, etc.) and explore within these contexts some salient literary, religious, and cultural responses, ranging from biblical writings to rabbinic texts to medieval Hebrew poetry to American Jewish fiction.
Course Attributes: EN HBU EthBU ISAS HUMFA HUMAR HUM
Section 01Introduction to Jewish Civilization: History and Identity
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