The Jewish Studies Program: Courses

Hebrew language courses are in the Language and Culture section.

Klezmer Ensemble
MPE 1360
Refer to Undergraduate Music Courses: MPE 1000–4999 (Conservatory of Music) for description.

The Ancient Middle East
HIS 2035
Refer to History Courses for description.

Jewish Culture and Civilization
HIS 2040
Refer to History Courses for description.

The Bible
LIT 2530
Refer to Literature Courses 1000–2999 for description.

Issues in the Study of the Holocaust
HIS 2815
Refer to History Courses for description.

Israeli Literature
LIT 2855
Refer to Literature Courses: 1000–2999 for description.

Judaism, Christianity, and Islam
HIS 2870
Refer to History Courses for description.

The Golden Land: American Jewish Literature and Film
LIT 2872
Refer to Literature Courses: 1000–2999 for description.

Literature and Film of the Arab-Israeli Conflict
LIT 3047
Refer to Literature Courses: 3000–3999 for description.

Jews in American Society and Culture
HIS 3209
Refer to History Courses for description.

The Bible and Modern Thought
JST 3210
/ 4 credits / Special topic (offered irregularly)
This course addresses some of the ways in which biblical topics are relevant within the context of the modern world. For instance, the prophetic Book of Amos addresses such topics as social justice, doom vs. the possibility of redemption, ritual vs. ethics, and universalism vs. particularism. Students examine these issues as presented in the Bible and discuss how they are germane to the present time.

Women in the Biblical/Ancient World
HIS 3235
Refer to History Courses for description.

Modern European Jewish History
JST 3240
/ 4 credits / Special topic (offered irregularly)
Focuses on the forces that profoundly transformed Jewish life after 1650. Topics include Hasidism, emancipation, the Jewish Enlightenment, life under the Czar, modern racial anti-Semitism, and the rise of Nazism.

The Land of Israel: Ancient to Modern
HIS 3245
Refer to History Courses for description.

Biblical History 1200–200 B.C.
HIS 3255
Refer to History Courses for description.

Kafka to Roth
LIT 3266
Refer to Literature Courses: 3000–3999 for description.

Travelers to the Holy Land
HIS 3295
Refer to History Courses for description.

Encounter and Conflict: History of Jewish-Christian Relations
JST 3325
/ 4 credits / Alternate years
The historical relationship of Judaism and Christianity and the encounter of the Jewish and Christian communities from ancient to contemporary times are examined. Topics include the split between the two religions in late antiquity, medieval disputations, and the challenges of the modern period. Students also examine the varying ways in which texts can be interpreted.

The Archaeology of Ancient Israel
HIS 3335
Refer to History Courses for description.

Politics and Archaeology
HIS 3337
Refer to History Courses for description.

Responsibility and Judgment: Postwar European Philosophy
PHI 3360
Refer to Philosophy Courses for description.

Music and Cultural Expression in the Middle East
JST 3405
/ 4 credits / Special topic (offered irregularly)
Examines the interrelations of musical practice and sociocultural processes in the Middle East. Through the study of Middle Eastern pop, indigenous, religious, and classical art music, students explore music and religion, contemporary politics, and gender formations as well as composition and improvisation techniques.

Archaeological Issues in the Southern Levant
HIS 3455
Refer to History Courses for description.

Methods and Techniques in Field Archaeology
HIS 3456
Refer to History Courses for description.

Imagining America’s Yiddish World: Writings and Performance
LIT 3570
Refer to Literature Courses: 3000–3999 for description.

Theatrical Representations of the Holocaust
JST 3709
/ 4 credits / Special topic (offered irregularly)
Critics agree that the world of the concentration camps and ghettos is impossible to duplicate on stage. Despite serious aesthetic and practical constraints, playwrights in Europe, Israel, and America have, for the last five decades, created a diverse group of plays dealing with this unprecedented 20th-century event. Works examined in class include documentary dramas, realistic reenactments, absurdist plays, a comedy, and a standup routine.

Literature of the Holocaust
LIT 3725
Refer to Literature Courses: 3000–3999 for description.

The Arab-Israeli Conflict
HIS 3780
Refer to History Courses for description.


For updates during 2016–2018, please visit www.purchase.edu/
departments/AcademicPrograms/LAS/humanities/JewishStudies/
Courses.aspx
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