MES 321K • CONCEPTS IN JUDAIC CULTURE
3:00 PM-5:00 PM
"Everthing you always wanted to know about Judaic culture, but never had a chance to ask". This course is designed to fill the definite need for an authoritative culture-enriched course which will provide an elementary but intellectually stimulating & academically sound picture of the basic concepts,ideas, trends, epochs, personalities, and major works representing the various areas of Jewish life and letters. This will include areas as history, literature, the Bible, religion & theology, ethics, philosophy, mysticism,customes and folklore, holidays, Israel and the Diaspora, ancient and modern life, Jewish languages, etc. it will also deal with such aspects as the influence of the Hebrew Bible on English and European literatures and on the Western, Judeo-Christian civilization in general. The primary aim of this course is to introduce the students, Jews and non-Jews alike, to the rich field of Judaic culture, from Biblical times to the present, and to acquaint them with the basic concepts thereof, including those aspects which are of special relevance to the Western, Judeo-Christian civilization. A more detailed description will be provided by the instructor.
Class participation 15% Oral reports on books and articles 35% Final paper 50%
Leo Trepp. A History of the Jewish Experience Abba Eban.Heritage: Civilization and the Jews