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Judaic Studies

Courses offered by this department enable students to fulfill ethnic studies and liberal arts degree requirements, and to complete an interdisciplinary liberal arts and sciences concentration.

A number of Judaic Studies offerings may also count as History courses.  Please consult your advisor. 


S. Hoenig, Co-Chair (Lander College for Women); N. Strickman, Co-Chair (Lander College of Arts and Sciences; Flatbush campus, NYSCAS); M. Bamberger, J. Bleich, S. Bleich, M. Bodian, E. Boylan, A. Bronspigel, (Rosh, Beth Medrash L.Torah), M. Finkelman, S. Fishbane, J. Greenberg, J. Grunblatt, A. Kaplan, M. Krauss, D. Lander, Y. Langer, E. Marcus, S. Rosenzweig, M. Sherman, M. Shmidman, Y. Shmulewitz, C. Sosevsky.


Note: A related one-credit "topics" or workshop course may be offered with certain three-credit Judaic Studies courses.

GJS 100 The Jewish Heritage (Fall, Spring)
An overview of the historical developments of Jewish culture, values and practices.
4 credits

GJS 101 Introduction to Bible I (upon request)
This course provides an analysis of selections from the Pentateuch for its religious, historical, and moral significance.
4 credits

GJS 102 Introduction to Bible II (upon request)
Students will analyze selections from the prophets using archaeological information, combined with medieval and modern commentary.
4 credits

GJS 103 Introduction to Bible III (upon request)
This is a survey of the Hagiographia. Selected chapters from Psalms, Job, Ecclesiastics, Proverbs, Song of Songs and Lamentations are read and analyzed in class. Special attention is given to Biblical passages that have played a key role in Western civilization. Among the themes discussed are prayer, justice, morality, theodicy, sin and repentance.
4 credits

GJS 110 History of Old Testament Period (upon request)
This course offers a history of the Hebrews from earliest times down to the Hasmonean era. Topics covered are: Hebrew origins, the Israelite Empire, the Divided Kingdom, the Babylonian Exile, the Restoration, Hellenism, and the Hasmonean Kingdom.
4 credits

GJS 124 Modern Jewish History: 1750-Present (upon request)
Students will inquire into: the major movements and developments including the rise of the Hassidic movement, Jewish emancipation in Germany, France, and America; renaissance of Jewish scholarship; torment in Eastern Europe which stimulated mass immigration to America; religious divisiveness in Europe and America; Germany, anti-Semitism, the rise of Zionism; World Wars I and II; and the modern State of Israel.
4 credits

GJS 225 Modern Israel (Fall)
This course will explore the roots of Zionism in religious tradition and the strings of modern nationalism which gave it a political form. Emphasis will be placed on Theodore Herzl, Chaim Weizmann, Zev Zabotinsky and Ben Gurion, the early Zionist congress, the rise of the State of Israel, the kibbutz, the cultural developments with emphasis on great writers, the role or religion in the state, Arab-Jewish confrontation and other contemporary problems.
3 credits

GJS 262 History of the Holocaust (Also offered as GHS 262) (Fall, Spring)
The role of Nazism in the destruction of European Jewry, 1933-1945, is studied with special attention to the reactions of world Jewry and foreign governments to the catastrophe. Ghetto and concentration camp existence and the Jewish resistance movements are also covered. The literature and history writing of the Holocaust are included.
3 credits

GJS 271 American Jewish History (also offered as GHS 271) (upon request)
Study of the Sephardic legacy; German Jewish migration and influence; the development of religious communities, the impact of the Civil War, migrations from Eastern Europe, acculturation and assimilation, responses to the Holocaust and Zionism. The social, economic and religious structures of the modern Jewish community will be analyzed as well.
3 credits

GJS 301 Jewish Ethics (upon request)
In this course, we will examine the basics texts of Jewish ethics. The student will be introduced to the interdisciplinary concerns of [a] ethical theory, [b] the reading and understanding of classical Jewish texts and [c] the world construction of Judaism in its classical formulation.
Prerequisite: GJS 100 or permission of the Department. 3 credits

GJS 400 Topics in Judaic Studies (upon request)
Study of selected topics in Judaic Studies.
1-4 credits

GJS 481/482 Independent Study (upon request)
Prerequisite: Departmental and Dean's permission. Credits to be arranged.

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