ANT4140 Survey of Anthropology of Religion: Judaism

Course Overview

Educational Level: Upper undergraduate, Bachelor
Credit Hours: 3 Credits
Instructor: Dr. Ken Maximiliani Hallman

Course Description:

Survey of historical and contemporary expressions of Jewish culture through film, literature, poetry, and ethnography. It sets Jewish religious texts, practices, and identities within their broader cultural and global contexts, while investigating relations of race, ethnicity, nationality, community and religion. Students will explore what it means to be Jewish through the anthropological lens.

How This Course Benefits Students:

The Bachelors level course gives students a basic understanding of how religious and moral teachings of Judaism have been intertwined with Jewish practice and culture. It equips students with a rudimentary knowledge of Judaism in its diverse forms, and prepares them for interactions with Jewish practitioners.

Why This Course Is Important:

Judaism constitutes a part of Christian heritage and history and, therefore, its knowledge is important for Christian practitioners. With its political power, historical significance, and shared theological references, Judaism represents a religious tradition that helps Christians to better understand their own cultural roots, religious precepts, and foundations of practice.