H504 – Modern Judaism-Dr. Jen Rosner

Instructor: Dr. Jen Rosner

Location: Orbund (server11.orbund.com)

Dates: Dec. 23, 2018–Feb. 24, 2019 (Winter Quarter, 2018-2019)

This course studies the rise of diverse forms of Judaism and Jewish thought in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, with emphasis on the impact of modernity on the Jewish people. It includes examination of the impact of the Shoah and the creation of the State of Israel on Jewish religious life and thought, the changing relationship between Judaism and Christianity, and the emergence of the modern Messianic Jewish movement.

This is a Core Course for the Jewish Studies and Rabbinic Studies programs.

The rise of modernity posed enormous challenges to traditional Jewish life and thought, and led to a new era of Jewish pluralism – an  era in which we now live. The study of modern Judaism and its historical development provides us with insight into our own  circumstances, and the way they differ from those of our ancestors. It enables us to recognize and articulate the distinctive modern presuppositions that we carry into our study of traditional Jewish texts and our observance of traditional Jewish practice. It also sheds light on the rise of the Messianic Jewish movement, and its place within the Jewish and Christian worlds.

There are no prerequisites for this course.

This is an online course. The student must have a computer and internet access.

Lecture (by podcast) and asynchronous online discussion (by blog).

Listening to all lectures, reading all assigned texts, active participation in all blog discussions, and completion of final examination.

REQUIRED TEXTS (The publication dates indicate the required edition of each text)

  • de Lange, Nicholas and Miri Freud-Kandel, eds. Modern Judaism. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005.
  • Kinzer, Mark. Postmissionary Messianic Judaism. Grand Rapids: Brazos, 2005.
  • Levenson, Alan T. An Introduction to Modern Jewish Thinkers. New York: Rowman & Littlefield, 2006.
  • Neusner, Jacob. Judaism in Modern Times: An Introduction and Reader. Oxford: Blackwell, 1995.
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