History | Introduction to Jewish History: Bible to 1492
H251 | 17558 | M. Lehmann

Above class carries culture studies credit
A portion of this class reserved for Freshman Interest Group (FIG)

This course is an introduction to the major themes and developments
of the Jewish historical experience from the biblical period to the
end of the 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 and the Talmud; the emergence
of Jewish centers in medieval 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; the fate of
Spanish Jewry until the expulsion in 1492.

Students will be graded on the basis of short writing assignments
and tests. Readings are drawn from general textbooks on Jewish
history and more specific readings on select topic.