CLAS 219
Judaism Under Ancient Greek and Roman Imperialisms Spring 2020
Division I
Cross-listed CLAS 219 / REL 219 / JWST 219

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How did ancient Greek and Roman empires shape the beginnings of Judaism? In this course, we will examine how Greek and Roman imperial systems of identity, ethnicity, law, religion, and knowledge affected Judaism as a religious and cultural system. We will pay particular attention to the ways that Jews/Judaeans responded to these imperial pressures, especially as those responses articulated “hybrid” versions of Judaism that were informed both by resistance to imperial centers as well as the sheer hegemony of those cultural systems. The course thus uses (and introduces students to) postcolonial theory to study the history of Judaism under Greek and Roman empires. Readings for this course will include a wide array of ancient Jewish works, such as the books of Maccabees, Flavius Josephus, Philo of Alexandria, the Dead Sea Scrolls, and the Mishnah. The course will also include select readings from early Christian texts and postcolonial theory.
The Class: Type: seminar
Limit: 21
Expected: 14
Class#: 3666
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: Active participation and preparation, papers
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: Religion Majors, Jewish Studies Concentrators, Classics Majors
Distributions: Division I
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
CLAS 219 Division I REL 219 Division II JWST 219 Division II

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