HIS 155 1.7 The Talmud

  To view the Prezi associated with this lecture, please click here. Excerpts from The Sea of Talmud: A Brief and Personal History Henry Abramson (2012) The Yeshiva administration must have put considerable thought into the wording of the hand-lettered sign posted outside the cafeteria. Many young men studying Talmud at this Jerusalem institution were taking […]

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The Mishnah: Creating a Portable Judaism HIS 155 Lecture 1.5

Compiled by Rabbi Yehuda Ha-Nasi in an exceptionally difficult time for the Jewish people, the Mishnah created the possibility of creating a “portable Judaism.” After the destruction of the Temple in 70 and the dramatic escalation of the diaspora, the Mishnah allowed Jews to define their religion within an intellectual and textual context, outside of […]

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The Fox in the Ruins: The Roman-Jewish Wars (HIS 155 Lecture 1.3)

  To view the Prezi associated with this lecture, please click here. Excerpt from “The Jewish Diaspora: A Brief History” Henry Abramson 3. The Roman-Jewish Wars Our sources for the Roman-Jewish wars of the first and second centuries are more substantial than those of earlier periods, primarily because the importance of developments in this tiny […]

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Judaism and the Origins of Christianity HIS 155 Lecture 1.4

Born in turbulent times, Christianity emerged from its intensely Jewish roots to become the official religion of the Roman Empire within a remarkably brief period of time.  As a daughter religion to Judaism, however, dissent between the two faiths slowly dominated the discourse as Christianity became less of a Jewish movement, and more of a […]

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Two Jews, Three Opinions: Jews and Judaism in the Year Zero (HIS 155 Lecture 1.2)

To view the Prezi associated with this lecture, please click here.  Excerpt from “The Jewish Diaspora: A Brief History” Henry Abramson 2. Jews and Judaism in the Year Zero Two Jews, three opinions.  The year zero was not nearly as auspicious or significant for Jews as it would later be for Christians. Jews observe a […]

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“They tried to kill us, we survived, let’s eat.” (HIS 155 Lecture 1.1)

Instructions: please watch the lecture, review the reading below, and kindly take the anonymous poll.  Thank you! To view the Prezi associated with this lecture, please click here. Excerpt from The Jewish Diaspora: A Brief History Henry Abramson 1. What is Jewish History? “They tried to kill us, we survived, let’s eat.”  So runs the […]

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