This course traces the history of the Jewish community from its origins in ancient Israel to the present day, considering the evolution of its major ideas and practices as well as the diversity of Jewish cultures throughout the world. A range of classical and contemporary Jewish approaches to theology, ethics, ritual, gender, peoplehood, spirituality, authority and relations with other communities will be explored.


4 sh

Course Types

Middle East Studies Elective; IGS: Middle East Regional Concentration; Jewish Studies Elective; Women's, Gender, and Sexualties Studies Elective


  • Fall

Previous Course Number

REL 185

Course Outcomes

  1. Students will distinguish diverse practices within a particular religious worldview.
  2. Students will recognize and analyze how religious traditions and/or identities emerge over time and within specific settings.
  3. Students will recognize and explain the ways in which religious practices and traditions are embedded and function within, cultural, political and economic systems.
  4. Students will apply disciplinary perspectives in analyzing texts, traditions, institutions, and practices.

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