Divisions and Convergences: Ancient Jewish External and Internal Boundaries

History 280A.001

Fall 2005
Instructor: 
Gruen
Location: 
2227 Dwinelle
Day & Time: 
Tu 2-6
CCN: 
39481
Units: 
Units

This seminar will explore the themes of perceived and constructed borders between Jews and ";others"; on the one hand and internal (sectarian) borders on the other. The topic encompasses not only the boundaries conceived within and outside Jewish communities but the crossing of those boundaries that blurred and complicated distinctions. We will read biblical and post-biblical texts that bear on Jewish relations with (or understanding of) other peoples of Palestine, Greeks, and Romans - - and the reception of those texts in subsequent literature. The reading will include selections from Genesis, Exodus, and Deuteronomy, the books of Ruth, Jonah, Amos, and Esther, apocalyptic works like Daniel and the Sibylline Oracles, the Dead Sea Scrolls, and Josephus. A reading knowledge of Hebrew or Greek is expected.

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