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Courses - Spring 2020
JWST
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JWST225
Religions of the Ancient Near East
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU
Cross-listed with: HIST219I, RELS219A.
Credit only granted for: JWST225, HIST219I, or RELS219A.
Introduction to ancient Near Eastern religious systems and mythology, from the third millennium BCE through the fourth century BCE. Particular emphasis on Mesopotamia and ancient Israel.
Cross-listed with RELS219A and HIST219I.
JWST230
Inventing Traditions: The Making of Rabbinic Judaism
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: SH, D
GenEd: DSHS or DSHU, SCIS
Cross-listed with: HIST281, RELS219C.
Credit only granted for: HIST281 or JWST230.
Introduces the dramatic literary and cultural (as well as political and demographic) innovations that reshaped Judaism in late antiquity. Examines the fundamental works and genres of rabbinic literature and the religious movement that produced them. Special emphasis on the rabbinic uses of "tradition" to enhance authority and legitimacy, and to foster group identity.
Additional Note: For Spring 2020; Cross-listed with HIST281 and RELS219C . Credit granted for HIST281, JWST230, or RELS219C.
JWST235
History of the Jewish People II
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: SH, D
GenEd: DSHS, DVUP
Credit only granted for: HIST283, HIST283H, JWST235, or JWST235H.
Political, economic, social and cultural development within Jewish history from the end of the Middle Ages to the present. Special attention to the twentieth century developments including the Nazi Holocaust and its aftermath, the Zionist movement and the creation of the State of Israel, and the rise of the contemporary American-Jewish community.
JWST250
Fundamental Concepts of Judaism
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: HO
GenEd: DSHU
Cross-listed with PHIL234, RELS250.
Credit only granted for: JWST250, PHIL234, or RELS250.
A conceptional introduction to Judaism, analyzing its fundamental concepts from both analytical and historical perspectives. Discussion of "normative" Judaism as well as other conceptions of Judaism. Topics include: God, the Jewish people, authority, ethics, the sacred and the profane, particularism and universalism.
JWST262
Introduction to the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: HL
GenEd: DSHU
Cross-listed with ENGL262.
Credit only granted for: JWST262, HEBR223 or ENGL262.
Formerly: HEBR223.
Origins of the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament), with attention to literary formations, archaeology, and social-political settings. Explorations of major questions, including who wrote the Bible, and when; relationships of the biblical tradition to the mythology and religious structures of ancient Israel's near eastern neighbors; and dynamics of politics, religious leadership, and law.
JWST272
Introduction to Jewish Literature
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: HL
GenEd: DSHU, DVUP
Cross-listed with: CMLT242, ISRL249G.
Credit only granted for: JWST272, CMLT242, or ISRL249G.
A survey of Jewish literature and introduction to methods of reading literature in general and Jewish literature in particular. Concern with what makes a literary corpus Jewish and other issues of canonicity. All texts in English translation.
Cross-listed with ISRL249G and CMLT242. Credit only granted for CMLT242, ISRL249G, or JWST272.
JWST282
Elementary Yiddish II
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: JWST281; or permission of ARHU-Meyerhoff Program & Center for Jewish Studies.
Continuation of JWST281.
JWST281 or GERM148Y or permission of department. Jointly offered with GERM149Z. Not open to students who have completed GERM149Z. Continuation of JWST281.
JWST319D
Mizrahi Identity in Israel
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHS, DVUP
Cross-listed with: HIST329Z, ISRL329M.
Credit only granted for: JWST319D, HIST329Z, or ISRL329M.
Cross-listed with ISRL329M and HIST329Z. Credit granted for JWST319D, ISRL329M, or HIST329Z.

This course brings to light narratives of Mizrahi identity in Israel and explores the trajectory of the Mizrahi struggle for equality through its various milestones: the 1959 Wadi Salib Revolt, the Black Panthers Movement in the 1970s, the emergence of the Israeli Sephardi-Orthodox party Shas, and the new wave of Mizrahi activism in the 21st century.
JWST319K
Jewry of Muscle: Zionism and Jewish Masculinity
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU
Cross-listed with: ISRL329K.
Credit only granted for: JWST319K or ISRL329K.
Cross-listed with ISRL329K. Credit granted for JWST319K or ISRL329K.

Part of the Zionist cultural project involved creating a new Jewish masculinity that would replace the diasporic "sissy Jew" with a strong, healthy new "Jewry of Muscle." Using literary and cinematic sources, we will analyze how these Zionist and Israeli cultural productions served to build (and sometimes undermine) this new model of Jewish masculinity.
JWST324
Biblical History and Culture
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Cross-listed with: HIST321.
Credit only granted for: HIST321, or JWST324.
Study of the political, social, and religious development of the Jewish nation from its inception to its return from exile in Babylonia around 536 C.E. Focus on biblical texts, archeological finds, and source materials from neighboring cultures to reconstruct political history and the development of religious concepts.
JWST331
Early Christianity: Jesus to Constantine
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: Must have completed one course in ancient history at the 200 level.
Cross-listed with HIST320.
Credit only granted for: HIST320 or JWST331.
Social and religious history of early Christianity from its origin in the first century to the reign of Constantine.
Cross-listed with HIST320. Credit granted for JWST331 or HIST320.
JWST345
The Holocaust of European Jewry
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Cross-listed with HIST307.
Credit only granted for: HIST307 or JWST345.
Roots of Nazi Jewish policy in the 1930s and during World War II: the process of destruction and the implementation of the "final solution of the Jewish problem" in Europe, and the responses made by the Jews to their concentration and annihilation.
JWST347
Tradition and Change: Jewish Religion in the Modern World
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHS or DSHU, DVUP
Credit only granted for: JWST347, HIST429X, or RELS419R.
An exploration of the history of the different modern Jewish religious movements that developed in Europe, starting with messianic movements and ending with Reform and Orthodoxy. Emphasis will be placed on the influence of the academic study of Judaism on the development of modern Jewish religious ideologies and practices.
Cross-listed with RELS419R and HIST429X. Credit granted for JWST347, RELS419R, or HIST429X.
JWST386
Experiential Learning in Jewish Studies
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: Permission of ARHU-Meyerhoff Program & Center for Jewish Studies.
Restriction: Junior standing or higher.
The Jewish Studies Program's internship program. Pre-professional experience in research, analysis, and writing related to Jewish Studies in a variety of work settings.
Students will meet with instructor for one hour per week while completing their internship.
JWST409G
Research Seminar in Jewish Studies; Jewish Women and Modernity
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
This research seminar will explore how Jewish women experienced modernization in Europe and America in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. We will read memoirs of Jewish women in Germany, Russia, Poland, and the United States to see how they experienced assimilation, religious change, gender norms, education, and politics. Students will use primary sources to study Jewish women in these places and others.
JWST418
(Perm Req)
Honors Thesis Research in Jewish Studies
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Contact department for information to register for this course.
JWST429M
Advanced Topics in Jewish Studies; American Jewry and Public Policy
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Jointly offered with GVPT368N. Credit only granted for JWST429M or GVPT3 68N. An examination of the contours of American Jewry and its engagement in public policy. Focus will be on historical development, Jewish political thought, organizational and representation structures. Ar eas of specific concern include Israel and foreign policy, as well as domestic topics, including electoral politics. A number of in-depth casestudies will be examined.
JWST432
Jews in Medieval Times 1000-1450
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Recommended: HIST282, JWST234, HIST330, or HIST331.
Cross-listed with H IST476.
Credit only granted for: HIST476 or JWST432.
Social and cultural life of Jewish communities spread throughout Islam and Christendom. Major topics include the Gaonate; kehila organization; legal, rationalist, and mystical thought; and the context of rising animosity linked to the Crusades and changing Church doctrines.
JWST469
(Perm Req)
Readings in Rabbinic Hebrew
Credits: 3 - 4
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Contact department for information to register for this course.
JWST499
(Perm Req)
Independent Study in Jewish Studies; Independent Study in Jewish Studies
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: permission of department.
Contact department for information to register for this course.
JWST609
(Perm Req)
Supervised Instruction-Practicum in Jewish Studies
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: S-F
Contact department for information to register for this course.
JWST619
(Perm Req)
Directed Readings in Jewish Studies
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Contact department for information to register for this course.
JWST799
(Perm Req)
Masters Thesis Research
Credits: 1 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg, S-F
Prerequisite: permission of department.
Contact department for information to register for this course.