JWST100 - THEMES JEWISH TRADITION: JEWISH POLITICAL THOUGHT

Course topics will vary; have included The Binding of Isaac, Responses to Catastrophies in Jewish History, and Concepts of Jewishness from Biblical Israel to the Modern State (Stern); Holy Men & Women (Ben-Amos); Rewriting the Bible (Dohrmann); Performing Judaism (Fishman). See the Jewish Studies Program website for a description of the current offerings.
Section 401 - SEM
Do you want to learn about... leadership of biblical priests, prophets and kings; covenant as the basis of the theocratic polity; status of outsiders in biblical and rabbinic societies; constructions of political authority; changing understandings of Jewish “nationhood”; messianism in Jewish history; medieval Jewish ruminations on ideal government; non-sovereign Jewish community’s relationship to rulers; manifestations of Jewish communal autonomy; tensions between rabbinic and lay leadership; biblical Israel as a model for governance in early modern political thought; debates over Jewish Emancipation; expressions of Jewish socialism; varieties of pre-state Zionist thought; contemporary messianic Zionism; contemporary manifestations of Jewish political concerns Fall 2014 Course Mondays, 3:30-6:30 The Sanhedrin Weekly seminar explores expressions of Jewish political thought – and, where possible, political action – from biblical times to the present. Primary source readings in English translation •One class session will take place in Rare Book Room of Van Pelt Library. •No prior knowledge is assumed.
M 0330PM-0630PM
FISHMAN, TALYA
CLAUDIA COHEN HALL 392
Jewish Studies Program
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