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Introduction to Jewish Studies (Dr. Dean Bell)

Introduction to Jewish Studies (Dr. Dean Bell)

Jewish Studies as an academic discipline is in some ways a relatively new endeavor. As an interdisciplinary field, it draws from a broad range of scholarly methodologies, covers a dizzying array of topics, and utilizes many genres of source materials. As such, Jewish Studies is an amalgam that tells us quite a bit about Jews and Judaism, both past and present, as well as the current state of the Academy. At the same time, Jewish Studies writ large is a much older discipline — in the guise of Biblical study, exegesis, historical writing, and debate, for example. In this course, students examine the general lines of development of Jewish Studies in the Academy, with special emphasis on recent developments. We consider each of the major chronological periods through a close look at recent scholarship to understand central themes and current trends in Jewish Studies today.