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‘Core Area 2: Antiquity & Medieval’

In a Pluralistic Age: Jews, Christians and Muslims in Spain (JS1111.01)

Feb. 1, 2015—Catalog Description: Independent learning and inquiry in an environment in which students can express knowledge and defend opinions through intensive class discussion, oral presentations, and written expression. From the Syllabus: Between 711 and 1492 Jews Christians and Muslims created one...

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Classical Judaism (JS1200)

Feb. 1, 2015—Catalog Description: History of the Jewish people from biblical origins through the 2nd century CE. The Hellenistic Age, the Age of the Maccabees, Roman rule, and the rise of the Rabbis and Rabbinic literature. Next Offered: AXLE Category: Writing Course:...

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Jews in the Medieval World (JS1220)

Jan. 25, 2015—Catalog Description: Jewish experience from the 2nd century CE to 1492. Legal status of Jews; economic and religious developments. Burning the Talmud, age of charters, reaction to the Crusades, Jewish expulsion from Spain. From the Syllabus: This course will examine...

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Issues in Rabbinic Literature (JS2150)

Jan. 21, 2015—Catalog Description:History of Rabbinic thought from its origins to the Middle Ages through the reading of central Rabbinic texts. Capital punishment, women in Rabbinic culture, sectarianism, and the power structures of Roman Palestine and Sasanian Babylonia. Next Offered: AXLE Category:...

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Muslims and Jews (JS2600)

Jan. 8, 2015—Catalog Description: Muslim-Jewish relations from the beginning of Islam to the present. Mohammed and the Jews, Jewish roles in Islamic cultures, status of Muslims in contemporary Israel, recent Jewish exodus from Muslim lands From the Syllabus: In this course we...

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Jews in Egypt (JS2620)

Jan. 8, 2015—Catalog Description: Jewish life and experience under Egyptian, Greek, Roman, and Muslim rule in Egypt from the Ptolemies to 1956 and after. Jewish self-government, economic life, and culture over twenty-three centuries, as seen through letters, documents, and imaginative literature. From...

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Jews and Greeks (JS 2640)

Jan. 8, 2015—Catalog Description: From the seventh century BCE to ca. 1500 CE. Sites of interaction, languages, cultural ties, religious tensions, political conflicts, and competing philosophies. Works by Elephantine, Alexander the Great, the Maccabees, the Septuagint, Aristeas, Josephus. Next Offered: AXLE Category:...

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Reading Across Boundaries: Jewish and Non-Jewish Texts (JS3210)

Jan. 6, 2015—Catalog Description: Jewish and non-Jewish literary and historical texts studied in parallel so as to discover the differences between them. The course will consider texts from the ancient world to the early modern period and ask what constitutes Jewish writing...

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Antiquity & Medieval World Courses from Other Departments

Jun. 4, 2013—Anthropology: 1201, Introduction to Archaeology; 3202, The Collapse of Civilizations. Classics: 2100, History of the Ancient Near East;  2120, Greece and the Near East from Alexander to Theodosius; 2160, History of Roman Empire; 3010, The Ancient Origins of Religious Conflict...

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