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JDST 641 CLASSICAL HEBREW LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE 2 SAMUEL(1)

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JDST 641 CLASSICAL HEBREW LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE 2 SAMUEL(1)

PRING 2010 COURSE OFFERINGS AND SCHEDULE S

GRADUATE COURSES IN JUDAIC STUDIES

JDST 608 I KINGS: REFLECTIONS OF A GOLDEN AGE

    DR. BARRY M. GITTLEN

    MONDAY, 7:00-9:40 PM

    This course provides students with an understanding of I Kings, the intricately

    composed Biblical book that narrates the tortuous political, social and theological life of the ancient Israelite state. From the death of King David to that of King Ahab, upheaval followed upheaval through the construction of Solomon’s Temple, the division of the kingdom, the warring rival monarchies, the advent of Elijah and the conflicts with Aram and Assyria. Bringing a variety of perspectives to bear on the textual and archaeological evidence for this 100 year era in the life of Israel, we examine the meanings and implications of the text and artifacts and develop a deeper understanding of the social, political and religious history of Israel in the Golden Age of Solomon and its aftermath.

JDST 545: BIBLICAL HEBREW II

    DR. SUSANNA GARFEIN

    TUESDAY AND THURSDAY, 3:30-4:45

    This course is the continuation of JDST 544, the introduction to the fundamentals of Hebrew language. This course serves as the foundation for continued studies of the classical Hebrew contained in the Hebrew Bible and rabbinic texts as well as the Hebrew of the contemporary idiom. During the course of the semester selections from the Hebrew Bible, varying in time period and genre will be read. After the completion of JDST 545, the student will be prepared to read simple Classical texts with the aid of a lexicon.

JDST 666: INTRODUCTION TO JEWISH THOUGHT

    DR. SHIMON SHOKEK

    TUESDAY, 7:00-9:40 P.M.

    This course examines the religious ideas and the historical developments of Jewish thought over the last two thousand years. The course will focus on selected works of prominent Jewish philosophers, mystics, and ethical writers who shaped Jewish thought and created focal ideological changes in Jewish theology. The survey will introduce religious predicaments that are central to Jewish life, such as: exile and redemption, religious practices and beliefs, mysticism and intellectuality, Jewish law, Jewish mythology and symbolism, moral responsibility and divine authority. An exploration of the basic terminology that is used in the literary research of the history of ideas will be included in the survey.

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     641: CLASSICAL HEBREW LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE: 2 SAMUEL JDST

    DR. SUSANNA GARFEIN

    WEDNESDAY, 4:20-7:00 PM

    This advanced Hebrew course aims to increase a student’s proficiency in classical Hebrew by reading the book of 2 Samuel. Emphasis is placed on accurate translation; more advanced grammar, intensive study of Biblical vocabulary and the reading of the prose portions of the Hebrew Bible. This course will introduce various methods of critical interpretation, including textual criticism, needed for the academic study of the Hebrew Bible. Students will interact with various aspects of interpretation for the book of 2 Samuel (e.g., philological, literary, historical, philosophical and theological questions). This course is designed for students who have completed twelve credits of Biblical Hebrew or possess equivalent knowledge.

JDST 510: DIASPORA JEWISH COMMUNITIES

    DR. VALERIE THALER

    WEDNESDAY, 7:00-9:40 PM

    A survey of the Jewish world following World War II, with attention to Jewish communities in Israel, North America, Western, Central and Eastern Europe, South America, South Africa and Australia. Topics include Jewish life and identity in each region; the diverse challenges to maintaining Jewish distinctiveness; Diaspora Jewish communities’ changing relationship to Israel and Zionism, and the shifting role of Israeli Jewry and American Jewry on the

    thstworld stage in the late-20 and early-21 centuries.

JDST 784: THE HISTORY OF JEWISH BIBLICAL EXEGESIS

    DR. BARRY FREUNDEL

    THURSDAY 4:30-7:00 PM

    This course will explore the history of different approaches to understanding

    ththe Biblical text used by Jewish scholars from the 8 Century to contemporary

    times. We will associate these approaches with the scholars who used them and

    place them within their historical context. In sum, we will explore the different ways in which the Bible has been read and interpreted throughout the last twelve centuries of Jewish intellectual History.

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     680: INTRODUCTION TO RABBINIC LITERATURE AND HISTORY JDST

    DR. BARRY FREUNDEL

    THURSDAY 7:00 9:40 P.M.

    The Rabbinic period (c. 516 BCE-c.634 CE.), is the foundational era for all contemporary expressions of Judaism. In this course we will explore the history, literature and major personalities of that period from the return of the Jews from the Babylonian exile until the Arab conquest of Palestine. For anyone interested in understanding contemporary Judaism in its various expressions this is an important and essential pre-requisite to that understanding; while for those interested in ancient Jewish history or Rabbinic law and literature this study is absolutely essential.

JDST 719: MAJS SEMINAR

    DR. SUSANNA GARFEIN

    THREE SELECTED DATES, 5:00-7:00 PM

    This course enables students working on their Master’s in Jewish Studies the

    opportunity to meet, hear presentations of MA thesis research, and discuss related issues and problems with their peers.

JDST 890: PhD SEMINAR

    DR. BARRY M. GITTLEN

    THREE SELECTED WEDNESDAYS, 6:30-8:30pm

    This course enables students working on their PhD in Jewish Studies the opportunity to meet, hear presentations of PhD dissertation research, and discuss related issues and problems with their peers.

MASTERS THESIS AND DISSERTATION “COURSES

JDST 898 THESIS WRITING --3 CREDITS

    SECTION 001DR. GITTLEN

    SECTION 002 DR. GARFEIN

    SECTION 003DR. THALER

    SECTION 004 DR. SHOKEK

    SECTION 005DR. FREUNDEL

JDST 899THESIS WRITING CONTINUUM 1 CREDIT

     SECTION 001DR. GITTLEN

    SECTION 002 DR. GARFEIN

    SECTION 003DR. THALER

    SECTION 004 DR. SHOKEK

    SECTION 005DR. FREUNDEL

JDST 999 DOCTORAL CONTINUUM1 CREDIT

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    SECTION 002 DR. GARFEIN

    SECTION 003DR. THALER

    SECTION 004 DR. SHOKEK

    SECTION 005DR. FREUNDEL

GRADUATE OFFERINGS IN JEWISH EDUCATION

EDUC 764: QUALITATIVE RESEARCH IN JEWISH EDUCATION

    DR. REBECCA SHARGEL

    MONDAY, 4:20-6:55

    This course introduces qualitative research methods with a focus on prior studies carried out in both secular and Jewish schools. You will explore a topic of personal interest in Jewish education through learning a field-based approach.

EDUC 606: FROM VISION TO PRACTICE IN THE JEWISH SCHOOL

    DR. REBECCA SHARGEL

    WEDNESDAY, 7:00-9:40 PM

    In this course you will study the role of vision in schools and look at competing Jewish educational visions. The course includes critical examinations of local Jewish schools to see the translation of school mission to practice.

EDUC 655: Teaching the History, Politics and Culture of Israel (3 credits)

    Dr. Hana Bor

    Thursdays 5:00p.m 7:30p.m. at Hawkins Hall, Room 122

    Students in this course will learn core information about Israel’s history, politics and culture including structure of government, the role of religion, socioeconomic and ethnic problems and Israel-Diaspora relations. The course will include analysis of the issues as well as exploration of effective teaching methodologies to communicate these subjects to their students. Modalities that enhance students understanding will include news clips, film, poetry, and music. Each student will prepare and present curricular units applicable to the teaching of Israel. There are no prerequisite required for this course.

ILPD 797: Supervised Administrative Internship (3 credits)

    Dr. Hana Bor

    Students enrolled in the MAJE administrative track are required to complete a minimum of 250 hours supervised administrative internship. The internship is

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    designed to develop educational vision, leadership skills and practices based on students’ individualized interests. The internship will enable students to develop

    the skills necessary for professional growth in Jewish educational administration.

EDUC 797 : Supervised Teaching Internship (3 credits)

    Dr. Hana Bor

    Students enrolled in the MAJE administrative track are required to complete a minimum of 250 hours

    supervised teaching internship. The internship gives students the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills to real-world environment. The internship will be individualized, enabling each student to develop the skills necessary for professional growth in a variety of Jewish institutions.

EDUC 794: Practicum Seminar for Jewish Education and

    JCS 614: Practicum Seminar for Jewish Communal Service

    Continue from Fall- Four Times during the Semester

JCS 618: Jewish Communal Service Internship - continues from Fall semester

UNDERGRADUATE OFFERINGS IN JUDAIC STUDIES

RLST 370.004: JEWISH MYSTICISM AND KABBALAH

    DR. SHIMON SHOKEK

    MONDAY AND WEDNESDAY, 2:00-3:15 PM

    This course introduces selected themes in Jewish mysticism and Kabbalah that have shaped the spiritual life of the Jewish people. The course will explore the emergence of early Jewish mysticism, the Kabbalah of Provence and Gerona, the classical Zohar, and the Kabbalah of Safed. Among the subjects to be discussed are Ein Sof the Infinite God, Sefirot and Divine Emanation, the Secret of the Creation of the World, Mystical Experience and Communion with God, and the Esoteric Language of the Bible.

RLST 206: JUDAISM, CHRISTIANITY AND ISLAM.

    DR. SHIMON SHOKEK

    MONDAY AND WEDNESDAY, 3:30-4:45 PM

    This course introduces major themes in the history, scriptures, doctrines, and practices of the three monotheistic religions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. The course will explore the theological and philosophical meanings of monotheism, religious authority, worship and ritual, ethics, philosophy, and

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    mysticism in the framework of these three monotheistic religions. Special emphasis will be put on similarities and differences that have shaped the identity of each of these three religions.

LST :THE JEW CONFRONTS THE CONTEMPORARY WORLD: JEWISH LAW AND R

    ETHICS

    DR. BARRY FREUNDEL

    TUESDAY AND THURSDAY 12:30-1:45 P.M.

    This course examines cutting edge issues of ethical and legal concern as understood by traditional Jewish legal and ethical sources and by contemporary Jewish thinkers from the different denominations. The basic structure and methodology of Jewish law will be introduced in the first few lectures, and understanding of the system will be refined as the different issues to be discussed are presented.

RLST 370.003 EXPLORING BIBLICAL ARCHAEOLOGY (Honors College)

    DR. BARRY M. GITTLEN

    TUESDAY AND THURSDAY, 2:00-3:15 PM

    This course gives students insight into the nature of archaeological evidence and the difficulties involved in interpreting and applying this evidence to cultural problems in ancient Israel and its neighboring states. The ability to critically evaluate and employ archaeological evidence begins with learning the theory, method and principles of archaeology as practiced in Israel. Based on this learning, the rest of the course will focus on current fundamental issues in the archeology of Israel. These issues affect the interpretation and construction of the history of Biblical Israel and thus special attention will be paid to correlations between text and artifact as well as to the role of archaeology in the study of ancient Israel and her neighbors in the Biblical period.

HEBR 104: BIBLICAL HEBREW II

    DR. SUSANNA GARFEIN

    TUESDAY AND THURSDAY, 3:30 -4:45

    This course teaches the fundamentals of Hebrew language and serves as the foundation for continued studies of the classical Hebrew contained in the Hebrew Bible and rabbinic texts as well as the Hebrew of the contemporary idiom. During the course of the semester selections from the Hebrew Bible -- varying in time period and genre -- will be read. After the completion of HEBR 104, the student will be prepared to read simple Classical texts with the aid of a lexicon.

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