History | Introduction to Jewish History: Bible to Crusades
H251 | 6611 | Lehmann


This course is an introduction to the major themes and developments
of the Jewish historical experience from the biblical period through
the early Middle Ages. Topics include the biblical origins of the
Jewish people and the ancient Israelite monarchy; Jewish life in the
Land of Israel during the Second Temple period to the revolts
against the Romans and the destruction of the Temple; Judaism and
Hellenism; the emergence of rabbinic Judaism and the composition of
its major texts, such as the Mishnah or the Talmud; the emergence of
Jewish centers in Europe and the origins of Sephardi and Ashkenazi
Judaism; the relations between Jews and Christians and between Jews
and Muslims; the Jews during the Crusades.