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    Vassar College
  Jan 16, 2018
Catalogue 2017-2018
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RELI 285 - Judaisms

Semester Offered: Fall
1 unit(s)
(Same as JWST 285 ) The changing social and intellectual landscape of contemporary Jewry has made it impossible to speak of a singular or monolithic  ”Judaism” in the twenty-first century. But it has also made us realize that historically there never was such a singular or monolithic Judaism. This course addresses the development of Judaisms, along with their basic texts and concepts including Torah, Talmud, midrash, legal codes, polemics, and forms of expression from autobiography to literature to poetry, in oral, written, dramatic and cinematic media. We also observe the broad range of ways in which Jewish life has been lived in the Middle East, Europe, South and East Asia, Africa and America. Emphasis is placed both upon those groups that adhered to the basic texts and concepts as well as upon those which rejected them in favor of alternate interpretations or of secularisms. We examine the relationship of Jewish religious cultures with the religious cultures of the populations among which Jews have found themselves living as demographic (and sometimes as ethnographic) minorities. Agi Veto.

Two 75-minute periods.

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