Spring 2019

Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
HEBR 102-01 Elementary Modern Hebrew
Instructor: Nitsa Kann
Course Description:
Introduction to the modern Hebrew language. Alphabet, phonics and grammatical structures. Emphasizes development of reading comprehension, composition and conversational skills.Prerequisite: 101 or the equivalent.
1030:MTWRF   ASBELL SEM
Courses Offered in JDST
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
JDST 107-01 New Testament in Context
Instructor: Peter Schadler
Course Description:
Cross-listed with RELG 107-01. A critical examination and attempt to understand the New Testament as the written traditions which articulated the faith, expectations, and actions of the early Christians as they responded within Jewish and Greek culture to the historical events of their day, and especially as they responded to the life and death of Jesus of Nazareth. This course is cross-listed as RELG 107.
0930:MWF   DENNY 104
JDST 215-01 Jewish Environmental Ethics
Instructor: Andrea Lieber
Course Description:
Cross-listed with RELG 215-01. Since the 1960's many writers on environmental issues have blamed our contemporary environmental crises in part on a so-called "Judeo-Christian" worldview, rooted in the Hebrew Bible. Such writers assert that the biblical heritage shared by these two religious traditions, advocates an unhealthy relationship between humanity and nature, one in which human beings are destined to conquer the earth and master it. In this course we will explore Jewish perspectives on nature and the natural world through close readings of biblical and other classical Jewish theology, history and ritual practice, we will also examine the ways in which this motif is re-conceptualized in modern secular contexts (ie, Zionism, and the kibbutz movement). We will conclude by studying contemporary varieties of Jewish environmental advocacy. In addition to texts focused specifically on Judeo-Christian traditions, the syllabus will include other classic works of Environmental ethics foundational to the field of Environmental studies. Offered every three years in rotation with the offering of ENST 111. This course is cross-listed as RELG 215.
1330:M   STERN 103
JDST 216-01 Kabbalah: Healing the Soul, Repairing the Cosmos
Instructor: Nitsa Kann
Course Description:
Cross-listed with RELG 260-01. Tracing the history of Jewish mysticism, the course introduces major trends in Jewish mysticism, focusing special attention on Kabbalistic meditation and its practice, food and sustainability, interpretation of dreams and white magic, spiritual music, death and reincarnation, feminism and gender issues. We will also explore Hasidic tales that have been attributed the power to reveal and to heal, alongside contemporary expressions of Kabbalistic topics in literature and in movies. The course includes guest lectures and other activities and special events.
0900:TR   ASBELL SEM
JDST 240-01 Women, Gender and Judaism
Instructor: Andrea Lieber
Course Description:
Cross-listed with RELG 250-02 and WGSS 201-02. This course examines issues of gender in Jewish religion and culture. Starting with the representation of women in the Bible and other classical Jewish texts, we study the highly differentiated gender roles maintained by traditional Jewish culture, and examine the role American feminism has played in challenging those traditional roles. We will also study gender issues in contemporary Israeli society, such as the politics of marriage and divorce, public prayer and gender in the military. Some knowledge of Judaism and Jewish history is helpful, but not required as a prerequisite for this course.
1030:MWF   DENNY 104
JDST 243-01 Dead Sea Scrolls
Instructor: Theodore Pulcini
Course Description:
Cross-listed with RELG 243-01. The discovery of a cache of ancient scrolls in 1947 in caves near the Dead Sea led to a revolution in the study of Second Temple Judaism and Christian origins. This course will focus on these texts, situating them in the context of the history of Judaism from the Hellenistic period through the first century C.E. What do they reveal about beliefs and institutions of the Essenes, the enigmatic community which produced them? What was life like at Qumran, the Essene community's center? How did the sect start, how did it differ from mainstream Judaism, and what was its vision of the future? What possible connections existed between the Essene community and the emergence of Christianity? How have the Dead Sea scrolls contributed to the study of the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament? This course is cross-listed as RELG 243.
0900:TR   BOSLER 208
JDST 500-01 Judaism and Social Justice
Instructor: Andrea Lieber
Course Description:
 
Courses Offered in RELG
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
RELG 107-01 New Testament in Context
Instructor: Peter Schadler
Course Description:
Cross-listed with JDST 107-01. A critical examination and attempt to understand the New Testament as the written traditions which articulated the faith, expectations, and actions of the early Christians as they responded within Jewish and Greek culture to the historical events of their day, and especially as they responded to the life and death of Jesus of Nazareth. This course is cross-listed as JDST 107.
0930:MWF   DENNY 104
RELG 215-01 Jewish Environmental Ethics
Instructor: Andrea Lieber
Course Description:
Cross-listed with JDST 215-01. Since the 1960's many writers on environmental issues have blamed our contemporary environmental crises in part on a so-called "Judeo-Christian" worldview, rooted in the Hebrew Bible. Such writers assert that the biblical heritage shared by these two religious traditions advocates an unhealthy relationship between humanity and nature, one in which human beings are destined to conquer the earth and master it. In this course we will explore Jewish perspectives on nature and the natural world through close readings of biblical and other classical Jewish theology, history and ritual practice, we will also examine the ways in which this motif is re-conceptualized in modern secular contexts (ie, Zionism, and the kibbutz movement). We will conclude by studying contemporary varieties of Jewish environmental advocacy. In addition to texts focused specifically on Judeo-Christian traditions, the syllabus will include other classic works of Environmental ethics foundational to the field of Environmental studies.Offered every three years in rotation with the offering of ENST 111. This course is cross-listed as JDST 215.
1330:M   STERN 103
RELG 243-01 Dead Sea Scrolls
Instructor: Theodore Pulcini
Course Description:
Cross-listed with JDST 243-01. The discovery of a cache of ancient scrolls in 1947 in caves near the Dead Sea led to a revolution in the study of Second Temple Judaism and Christian origins. This course will focus on these texts, situating them in the context of the history of Judaism from the Hellenistic period through the first century C.E. What do they reveal about beliefs and institutions of the Essenes, the enigmatic community which produced them? What was life like at Qumran, the Essene community's center? How did the sect start, how did it differ from mainstream Judaism, and what was its vision of the future? What possible connections existed between the Essene community and the emergence of Christianity? How have the Dead Sea scrolls contributed to the study of the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament? This course is cross-listed as JDST 243.
0900:TR   BOSLER 208