Jewish History (301): Ancient Jewish History

· July 24, 2020


Various; distance learning format.


Self-study, self paced. 


July 2018 – Present. Instructional delivery format: Hybrid course/exam

Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: analyze and discuss the elements of the significant scriptural and secondary sources concerning Jewish History; explore the historical and sociological elements of relevant historical events leading up to the medieval ages; examine and analyze the text using a variety of classical commentaries and pertinent academic studies done by experts; and develop and apply historical research skills and techniques


This course provides a comprehensive review of the Jewish existence from Biblical times, through the Second Temple period and the Middle Ages and covers major historical events and turning points, exposing students to primary sources including archeological artifacts, ancient texts, relevant architecture and art, as well as the leading research in the topics discussed, both classic and contemporary. Historical events are reviewed through the prism of three themes unique to the Jewish people during this period: the Biblical Revolution, the Exile and connection to the land, and the Jewish solidarity among dispersed communities.

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