Jewish History

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: History

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Jewish History

Spring 2020

Taught By: Hannah Greene

Section: A

CRN: 5702

Credits: 4

This course surveys the history and culture of Jews from Biblical times to the post-World-War II period. Traversing Antiquity, the Middle Ages, and Modernity, we will examine the ways in which Jews interacted with and experienced other religious and intellectual systems (Hellenism, Christianity, Islam, the Reformation, the Renaissance, Enlightenment, Socialism, and Nationalism) across the empires and modern states in which they lived. While major historical events and the everyday lives of Jews in different periods will receive a fair amount of attention, the focus of this course will be the history of Jewish ideas. This will involve close readings of key Jewish texts ranging from the Talmud to short stories by Philip Roth. We will ask: what has “Jewishness” or “Judaism” meant for Jews in various times and places? How have Jews historically differentiated themselves from non-Jews? And how have Jews decided who has the authority to make such determinations? Throughout our study of Jewish history in particular, students will be encouraged to think critically about more general questions related to religion, identity, membership, and authority. This course counts towards the Jewish Culture Minor and the Ethnicities and Race minor.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: History (LHIS)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Enrollment Status: Open*

*Enrollment status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 10:21am 8/24/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday, Thursday

Times: 12:00pm - 1:40pm

Building: TBD

Room: TBD

Date Range: 1/22/2020 - 5/9/2020