Jewish Studies | Introduction to Jewish History: From the Bible to Spanish Expulsion
J251 | 29184 | Veidlinger, J.
JSTU-J 251 Introduction to Jewish History: From the Bible to Spanish
(3 cr.) Jeffrey Veidlinger
TR 2:30-3:45 p.m. #29184; Swain East 140
Jewish Studies students should take this course under JSTU-J 251
although it meets with HIST-H 251.
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 or 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 topics.
Fulfills: Jewish Studies required core course for majors; History &
Society for certificate
students; S&H; Culture Studies - List A.
Note: JSTU-J 203, JSTU-J 204, JSTU-J 303 and JSTU-J 304 can each be
repeated with different topics for a maximum of 9 credit hours.