Course Information

for History & Thought Department

 

Survey of Jewish History (HT3100)

Credits:3

For non-rabbinical students: A one-semester survey of Jewish history from post-biblical to modern times.

World of the Bible (HT3101)

Credits:3

Study of literature, history, and religious concepts of ancient Israel and Judah in the context of the ancient Near East, with focus on the basic theological and spiritual substance inherent in the biblical treasure-trove. Modern literary and historical-critical scholarship will be employed to understand biblical texts.

Second Temple and Early Rabbinic Period (HT3102)

Credits:3

History of the Jewish people from approximately 400 BCE through the 10th century CE. Study of documents and scholarly histories illuminates the dramatic developments within Jewish life during the periods of the late Second Temple, Mishnah, and Talmud. Special attention is given to the dissemination of the oral Torah and the emergence of the figure of the sage, followed by the Gaonic period. Prerequisite: HT 3101.

Medieval and Early Modern Periods (HT3103)

Credits:3

Survey of the political, intellectual, and social history of the Jewish people during the millennium from the early European medieval period (11th century) to the scientific Enlightenment. Prerequisite: HT 3101-02.

Modern Jewish History (HT3104)

Credits:3

Survey of Jewish history from 1800 to the present, including topics such as emancipation, Haskalah, Hasidism, changes in Jewish and life styles in Europe; emigration to America; early Zionism and yishuv, the establishment of the state of Israel, World Wars and Holocaust, and the Arab-Israeli conflict. Prerequisite: HT 3101-02-03.

Experiential Israel (Pre-Trip Course) (HT3150)

Credits:3

Goals: 1) How to plan a trip to Israel for future congregations 2) Read and present the greatest literature masterpiece about Israel, in the realms of history, geography, politics, & innovation. Can be taken without HT3250, but those taking HT3250 (AJR Israel Experience) over the summer must take HT3150 in the spring semester before their trip.

Survey of Jewish Thought (HT3200)

Credits:3

Overview of major Jewish thinkers including significant theological or philosophical issues from medieval to modern times.

AJR Israel Experience (HT3250)

Credits:6

AJR has launched a summer experience in Israel that will combine 4 elements: 1) Higher-level studying at the Yeshiva of Hartman, Pardes, & Har-El, as well as individual leaders, Rabbis, & Cantors of Israel today. 2) Tikkun Olam - visit 10 cutting edge organizations and work to volunteer for them to better the lives of the sick, the hungry, army, orphans & widows, and the needy. 3) Travelling - experiential touring of Israel from camel rides, Jeep rides, and swimming with dolphins. 4) Conversational Hebrew & Social - Hebrew levels will be improved. Note - Requires enrollment in HT3150 spring semester prior to trip. The 6 units earned can count towards any curricular requirement.

Jewish Community Structures (HT3330)

Credits:3

The formation of Jewish community structures, denominations, and agencies from the early 1800s to the present, including study of their changing impact in modern times.

Comparative Religion (HT3340)

Credits:3

Interreligious & Intrareligious Issues (HT3345)

Credits:3

Special Topics in Jewish History and Thought (HT3495)

Credits:3

Special topics in history or thought, such as studies of specific sectarian Jewish movements, in-depth studies of particular periods and their issues, important philosophers; or historic Jewish perspectives on current issues.

Special Topics in Jewish History and Thought (HT3496)

Credits:3

Special topics in history or thought, such as studies of specific sectarian Jewish movements, in-depth studies of particular periods and their issues, important philosophers; or historic Jewish perspectives on current issues.

Special Topics in Jewish History and Thought (HT3497)

Credits:3

Special topics in history or thought, such as studies of specific sectarian Jewish movements, in-depth studies of particular periods and their issues, important philosophers; or historic Jewish perspectives on current issues.

Special Topics in Jewish History and Thought (HT3498)

Credits:3

Special topics in history or thought, such as studies of specific sectarian Jewish movements, in-depth studies of particular periods and their issues, important philosophers; or historic Jewish perspectives on current issues.

Special Topics in Jewish History and Thought (HT3499)

Credits:3

Special topics in history or thought, such as studies of specific sectarian Jewish movements, in-depth studies of particular periods and their issues, important philosophers; or historic Jewish perspectives on current issues.

Independent Studies in History and Thought (HT4000)

Credits:3

Advanced topics in specialized areas designed for individual study.