Crash Course in Jewish History
(for very intelligent people)
Extra Credit Readings for First Class: Wednesday, September 4, 2019
(privileges will be revoked for anyone who asks hard questions)
Wednesday, September 4, 2019
- What is Jewish History?
Peter Steinfels, “Salo Baron, 94, Scholar of Jewish History, Dies,” New York Times, November 26, 1989.
2. La Longue Durée
THE LAND: Geography and Climate, Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
3. The Archaeological Record
National Treasures: Selected Articles from the Shelby White and Leon Levy Center for National Treasures, Israel Antiquities Authority.
4. The Encounter with Hellenism
The Book of Maccabees I, Sefaria.
5. The Roman-Jewish Wars
Josephus, The Jewish War, Book 5.
6. Portable Judaism
Moses Maimonides, Introduction to the Mishnah.
Medieval Jewish History
- The Talmud
Studying the Talmud: 400 Repetitions and the Divine Voice, Thought and Action: The National Education Association Journal.
2. The Kehillah
3. Under Crescent
Norman Stillman, “The Judeo-Arabic Heritage”
4. Under Cross
The Crusades, Jewish Virtual Library
5. The Glory of Spanish Jewry
Selected Poems of Yehuda Halevi (trans. Hillel Halkin), Nextbook
Modern Jewish History
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
- The Iberian Diaspora
Ushi Derman, “Uriel da Costa: the Story of a Nonbeliever,” Bet Hatefutsot, December 18, 2018.
2. The Safed Circle
3. The People of the Book
Meet the Non-Jew Who Made Daf Yomi Possible, OU Torah, July 17, 2019.
4. Messianic Hopes
Matt Plen, “Who Was Shabbetai Tzvi?” My Jewish Learning
5. The Hasidic Revolution
Orthodox Judaism: Hasidim and Mitnagdim, Jewish Virtual LIbrary
6. Napoleon’s Sanhedrin
Napoleon’s Sanhedrin, Jewish History Blog
7. Five Strategies for Modernity
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