Faculty Profile

Andrea Lieber

Associate Professor of Religion, Sophia Ava Asbell Chair in Judaic Studies (1998), Department Chair

Contact Information

lieber@dickinson.edu

East College Room 106
717.245.1482

Bio

Her courses explore the transformations of Judaism as a living religion and evolving culture from its origins in antiquity through its varied manifestations in the 20th century. Special interests include: Judaism and early Christianity, Jewish mysticism (kabbalah), women and gender in Jewish tradition.

Education

  • B.A., Vassar College, 1989
  • M.A., Columbia University, 1993
  • M.Phil., 1995
  • Ph.D., 1998

2014-2015 Academic Year

Fall 2014

JDST 104 Introduction to Judaism
Cross-listed with RELG 104-01.

RELG 104 Introduction to Judaism
Cross-listed with JDST 104-01.

JDST 240 Women in Judaism
Cross-listed with RELG 250-01. This course examines issues of gender in Jewish religion, Jewish culture and Jewish literature in various historical periods. We will begin by looking at the roles of women in the Bible and other classical Jewish texts, though the course will concentrate on gendered representations of Jews since the 19th century and contemporary debates about gender in modern Jewish life. What are the cultural and historical sources of Jewish stereotypes, such as the Jewish American Princess, the Jewish mother or the effeminate (and nuerotic) Jewish male? In what way has the advent of feminism challenged Judiasm's traditional gender roles and the roles of male/female in the Jewish family? Readings explore the connection between gender stereotypes and anti-Semitism and how they have affected relations among Jews and between Jews and non-Jews.

RELG 250 Women, Gender and Judaism
Cross-listed with JDST 240-01. This course examines issues of gender in Jewish religion, Jewish culture and Jewish literature in various historical periods. We will begin by looking at the roles of women in the Bible and other classical Jewish texts, though the course will concentrate on gendered representations of Jews since the 19th century and contemporary debates about gender in modern Jewish life. What are the cultural and historical sources of Jewish stereotypes, such as the Jewish American Princess, the Jewish mother or the effeminate (and nuerotic) Jewish male? In what way has the advent of feminism challenged Judiasm's traditional gender roles and the roles of male/female in the Jewish family? Readings explore the connection between gender stereotypes and anti-Semitism and how they have affected relations among Jews and between Jews and non-Jews.

RELG 390 Interpreting Religion
An advanced introduction to some fundamental issues of theory and method in the academic study of religion. Selected religious phenomena will be examined using the perspectives such as those of the history of religions, psychology, sociology, anthropology, philology, philosophy, and theology. Emphasis will be placed upon methods of research and styles of writing in the study of religion. This course fulfills the WR graduation requirement.

Spring 2015

JDST 104 Introduction to Judaism
Cross-listed with RELG 104-01.

RELG 104 Introduction to Judaism
Cross-listed with JDST 104-01.

RELG 215 Jewish Environmental Ethics
Cross-listed with ENST 215-01 and JDST 215-01.

JDST 215 Jewish Environmental Ethics
Cross-listed with ENST 215 01 and RELG 215-01.

ENST 215 Jewish Environmental Ethics
Cross-listed with JDST 215-01 and RELG 215-01.

RELG 490 Senior Seminar
Advanced investigation of methods and critical perspectives for the study of religion with a focus to be determined by the instructor. Writing enriched. Prerequisite: 390 or permission of the instructor.