J S 301 • Introduction to Jewish Studies
2:00 PM-3:00 PM
Jewish Studies is a data field, not a discipline. Hence, Jewish Studies can be, and is, studied in many disciplines according to a variety of metholodologies- historiographic, sociological, philological, to name a few. This version of J S 301 will focus on Jewish literature and Jewish thought, comprising a general introduction to Biblical, rabbinic, philosophic and literary Jewish texts from the 6th Century B.C.E. to the 21st Century C.E, with emphasis on hermeneutics (interpretation). Is there a specifically Jewish (and/or Judaic) approach to textuality, a specifically Jewish (and/or Judaic) philosophy of reading? These are some of the questions we will pose and attempt to answer.
Texts include The Book of Esther, Pirk Avot (Sayings of the Fathers), selected midrash and aggadah, Maimonides and other medieval figures, 19th to 20th c. Yiddish, Hebrew, European, and American fiction and poetry, Rosenzweig and Levinas.