(JDST) JUDAIC STUDIES
Room 301, Mitchell Hall
In addition to the courses below, the department may offer the following Special Topics
JDST 4700-4799. Special Topics. (1-3). Examination of selected topics announced in the online class listing.
JDST 2850 - Religions of Abraham (3)
(UNIV). Survey of development of several Near Eastern religious traditions; consideration of intellectual relationships among them. [G]
JDST 3601 - Judaism (3)
Fundamental principles of Judaism, its role in the cultural life of the Jewish people, and its influence on human civilization.
JDST 3661 - Old Testament (3)
(Same as LALI 3661). Interdisciplinary examination of portions of Hebrew Bible, Mishnah, Midrash, and other texts along with commentaries. All texts will be read in translation.
JDST 3801 - Jewish Thought I (3)
Thinkers and texts that shaped Jewish thought and life in ancient and medieval times; Talmud, the Midrash, the Kabbalah, and such thinkers as Saadia Gaon, Solomon ibn Gabriel, Judah Halevi, Maiminides.
JDST 3802 - Jewish Thought II (3)
Continuation of JDST 3801, from 16th century until modern times; concepts of God, humanity, nature, good and evil, making meaning out of life, and others.
JDST 4511 - Holocaust Studies (3)
(Same as UNIV 4511). Interdisciplinary study of issues that arise out of the Holocaust; questions of good and evil, divinity and humanity, truth and responsibility. [W, I]
JDST 4671 - Jewish Literary Texts (3)
Development of Jewish narrative traditions; Jewish poetry, fiction, drama studied from perspectives of different national cultures in which Jewish literature has emerged. All texts will be read in translation.
JDST 4700 - Jerusalem Through the Ages (3)
Examination of how Jerusalem became the spiritual capital of the three monotheistic religions and a center of the longing for so many peoples around the world.
JDST 4702 - Intro Buber & Levinas (3)
Focus on Buber and Levinas' perceptions of the essence of Judaism in particular and the religious phenomena in general.
JDST 4801 - Jewish Mysticism (3)
Fundamental principles of Jewish mystical tradition; development of basic concepts; medieval mysticism, Kabbalah, Lurianic mysticism, Chasidism, modern mystical movements.
JDST 4820 - Political History of Israel (3)
(Same as POLS 4820). Interdisciplinary study of political stages in the development of the State of Israel, from mid 19th century to current times, with particular attention paid to key figures in the Zionist movement.
JDST 4830 - Israeli/Arab Conflict (3)
(Same as UNIV 4830). Interdisciplinary examination of historical, political, and cultural dimensions of tensions that have existed between the Israelis and Arabs since the founding of the State of Israel, with particular attention to current situation.
JDST 4840 - Israel/Antiquity in Modernity (3)
(Same as ANTH 4840). Interdisciplinary examination of relationship between ancient traditions and modern issues in Israel; emphasis on relationship between historical conditions, conflicts, and interconnections, and new choices facing Israel.
JDST 4841 - Biblical Archaeology (3)
(Same as ANTH 4841). Relationship between historical texts in Hebrew Bible and historical evidence from archaeological research in Israel and surrounding area; emphasis on how archaeological evidence and biblical narratives illuminate each other.
JDST 4900 - Independent Study (3)
Directed individual study or research. May be repeated once. PREREQUISITE: Completion of out-of-class learning contract and approval of director of Bornblum Judaic Studies.