Courses Offered

HJGN 707 Development of Post-Talmudic Literature
An examination of works of Jewish legal literature from the periods of the Rishonim and Aharonim. The course will analyze the authorship, content and methodology of specific works, and assess the purpose of these works. 3 credits.

HJGN 718 The Controversy over the Study of Philosophy in the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Centuries 
An examination of the controversy in Spain and Provence, exploring the underlying reasons for the eruption of the controversy, the major issues contested, the varied positions of proponents and opponents of Maimonides' writings, and the question of the strength and effectiveness of the ban of 1305.  3 credits. 

HJGN 732 Readings in Jewish Historical Literature: From the Second Temple Period to the Spanish Inquisition
A study of Jewish historical writing from the Second Temple period to the Spanish expulsion in 1492. Readings include the Letter of Aristeas, Josephus, Iggeret Rav Sherira Gaon, Sefer Josippon, Sefer ha-Kabbalah, Crusade Chronicles and selected writings of the Spanish Inquisition period. Attention is paid to the question of medieval Jewish attitudes toward the study and meaning of history.  3 credits.

HJGN 733 Readings in Jewish Historical Literature: From the Sixteenth Century to the Modern Period
A study of Jewish historical writing from the works of sixteenth century authors including Solomon ibn Verga, Joseph ha-Kohen, Samuel Usque and Azariah de Rossi, to the diary of Gluckel of Hameln and Nathan Hannover’s Yeven Metzulah, to the writings of the Wissenschaft des Judenthum in the nineteenth century.  3 credits.

HJGN 738 Jewish Historical Scholarship in Poland: 1918-1939
An examination of the various ways in which a sense of national mission shaped the intellectual contours of Jewish historical scholarship in interwar Poland.  The course focuses upon the writings of Schipper, Schorr, Balaban, Mahler, Friedman and Ringelblum.  3 credits.

HJGN 744 Historiography of the Holocaust
In this course, we will identify and discuss some of the central questions facing historical scholarship in recording and analyzing the origins and implementation of the Nazi “final solution” of the Jewish question. We will follow the debates that these questions have aroused among professional historians in the US, Germany, Israel and Poland, including the ideological roots of modern anti-Semitism, psychological and cultural explanations of the Holocaust, and historical revisionism.  3 credits.

HJGN 748 Monographic Literature of Modern Jewish Studies 
Students will read substantial portions of major works on various themes of the modern Jewish experience and analyze the historical methodology of the authors. Topics will include: Emancipation; the Anglo-Jewish experience; Jewish life in France; German-Jewish life; Jews in Czarist Russia; the Mussar movement; the emergence of a Jewish middle class; Zionism; and the American Jewish experience.  3 credits.

HJGN 760 Topics in Jewish History (MAY BE TAKEN MULTIPLE TIMES IF DIFFERENT TOPICS)
An interdisciplinary analysis of social, political and intellectual currents in medieval and modern Jewish history through readings of selected texts.  3 credits.

HJGN 761 Aggadah and its Medieval Commentators
The attitude of Rishonim toward aggadot Hazal; how the commentators  distinguished among various types of aggadot; and how they put their theory into practice in the form of commentary on the aggadot. Among the Rishonim whose views and approaches will be studied are R. Abraham ibn Ezra, Rambam, Ramban, Rashba, and R. Menahem Hame'iri.  Special emphasis on the place that aggadah and its interpretation occupied in the world outlook of halakhists, philosophers, and kabbalists in the Middle Ages.  3 credits.

HJGN 762 Avot Commentaries as a Source of Jewish History
Studies in the history of interpretation of passages in Tractate Avot as barometers of trends and developments in Jewish intellectual and social history.  3 credits.

HJGN 763 Topics in the History of Halakhah (MAY BE TAKEN MULTIPLE TIMES IF DIFFERENT TOPICS)
Text-based analysis of topics related to the development and literature of halakhah, with emphasis upon the medieval and modern periods. 3 credits.

HJGN 768 Individual Reading and Research (MAY BE TAKEN MULTIPLE TIMES, UP TO 9 CREDITS)
Credits by arrangement.

HJGN 770 Doctoral Methods Seminar - The Use of Primary Sources
Doctoral level seminar involving close analysis of texts, with emphasis on proper utilization of primary source material, general and specific methodological problems in the study of Jewish history, currents in recent scholarship, and practical use of bibliographical and research aids.  3 credits.

HJGN 772 Doctoral Research Seminar (MAY BE TAKEN MULTIPLE TIMES, WITH DEAN’S PERMISSION)
Doctoral level seminar in which students pursue guided research into the sources of Jewish history and present the results of their investigation for discussion and critical evaluation.  3 credits.

HJGN 774  Dissertation Research
Writing and submission of doctoral dissertation.  6 credits.

PJSN 710 Maimonides and the History of Jewish Ideas
Maimonides’ literary corpus will be studied as the focus for consideration of central ideas of Jewish thought.  3 credits.

PJSN 760 Topics in Jewish Philosophy (MAY BE TAKEN MULTIPLE TIMES IF DIFFERENT TOPICS) 
Analysis of a selected topic in medieval or modern Jewish philosophy through readings of primary sources. 3 credits.

BJSN 760 Topics in Jewish Biblical Exegesis (MAY BE TAKEN MULTIPLE TIMES IF DIFFERENT TOPICS)
Analysis of a selected topic in medieval or modern Jewish biblical exegesis through readings of primary sources. 3 credits.