RELI 352: Judaism from Exile to Talmud

RELI 352-001: Judaism from Exile to Talmud
(Spring 2024)

01:30 PM to 02:45 PM MW

Planetary Hall 120

Section Information for Spring 2024

This course will trace almost 1000 years of Jewish history (mid-sixth century BCE - fifth century CE) in order to examine the development of early Judaism and the formation of diverse Jewish communities. In locales as disparate as Egypt, Babylonia and Rome, Jews turned Judaism into a global religion, distinct from the biblical tradition that rooted its worship in the central Jerusalem Temple. Prayer and study, as mobile forms of religious practice, replaced sacrifice and enabled the Diaspora to become a vital alternative to life in Judea. Our course of study will include the many religious developments of the period such as the appearance of different sects – Pharisees, Sadducees, Essenes, the Dead Sea sect, and Christians – and numerous literary inventions, including the formation of the biblical canon, the advent of apocalyptic literature, and the redaction of the Talmud. Attention will also be paid to Jewish life within different imperial contexts—such as that of the Persians, Greeks and Romans—that resulted in both the absorption of foreign ideas like Greek philosophy and the rejection of foreign power through numerous revolts. This course will, therefore, give students both an introduction to Judaism as well as a broad survey of Ancient Mediterranean history.


Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Examines Jewish religion, history, and literature from the Babylonian Exile to third century C.E. Special attention to development of Hebrew Bible, Apocalyptic and Apocryphal literature, belief in resurrection and final judgment, Dead Sea Scrolls, Jewish sects, and emergence of Christianity and Rabbinic Judaism. Limited to three attempts.
Schedule Type: Lecture
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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