ANT6140 Anthropology of Religion: Judaism

Course Overview

Educational Level: Graduate, Master
Credit Hours: 3 Credits
Instructor: Dr. Ken Maximiliani Hallman

Course Description:

Introduction to the historical and contemporary expressions of Jewish culture through film, literature, poetry, and ethnography. Jewish religious texts, practices, and identities are examined within broader cultural and global contexts. Includes in-depth assessment of selected contemporary issues, such as Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Jewish diasporas in the Americas, discourse on Jewishness, and tensions between Ashkenazi, Sephardic, and Mizrahi Jews.

How This Course Benefits Students:

At the Masters level, students need a deeper understanding of diverse socio-political factors and contexts that have shaped different forms of contemporary Judaism in various locations. Modern examples include the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Jewish diasporas in the Americas, discourse on Jewishness, and tensions between Ashkenazi, Sephardic, and Mizrahi Jews. Since the major Jewish subcultures and communities experience conflict and negotiation among themselves, as well as with other cultural groups, students need to recognize and interpret the substance behind the current events.

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.