Introduction to Judaism (3 cr)
GenEd A&H, GenEd WC, CASE A&H, CASE GCC
This course will provide an overview of the varieties of beliefs and practices of Judaism. Students will trace the historical development of Judaism beginning with the religion of Ancient Israel to modern times. Topics will include Ancient Israelite religion (or proto-Judaism), Rabbinic Judaism and canonical texts, denominations in Judaism, variety of worship, sacred calendar and holidays, Judaism and the Holocaust, contemporary discussions of gender and feminism, and Judaism and counter-culture. The objective of the course is to familiarize students with the core concepts and practices of Judaism with an emphasis on their historical development and the variety of ways in which Jews understand their religion and themselves in relation to it. The course will also introduce the students to the study of religion in academic context.