Graduate Course Catalog

Jewish Studies

JS 501 – Exploring Jewish Prayer, Practices, and Thought

  • Course Number: JS 501
  • Department: Jewish Studies
  • Units: 3
  • Level: Graduate

Exploring Jewish Prayer, Practices, and Thought is a serious attempt to provide students with a broad understanding and appreciation of Jewish Law, Jewish Prayer, and Jewish Ethics. Using a varied selection of books, the course follows the weekly Torah Readings, enabling participants to experience in real time the Jewish calendar.

JS 503 – Jewish Foundations of Christianity

  • Course Number: JS 503
  • Department: Jewish Studies
  • Units: 3
  • Level: Graduate

Jewish Foundations of Christianity examines an unexplored, misunderstood, yet vital subject. Christianity is deeply rooted in the Jewish religion, culture, and history. The course seeks to enhance participants’ understanding of the emergence and development of Christianity from Judaism; the complex relationship between the two religions, and several major concepts in Jewish heritage that influenced the life of the early church. The course explores the history of Judaism during the Second Temple period, the Abrahamic covenant and its relation to the New Testament and the early church. Major theological conflicts of Jesus and the early church with Judaism, the faith and life of the first Messianic Jews, and Jewish religious celebrations preserved by the church will be discussed as well.

JS 511 – Second Temple Judaism

  • Course Number: JS 511
  • Department: Jewish Studies
  • Units: 3
  • Level: Graduate

Second Temple Judaism will explore the history and literature of the Second Temple Judaism within the context of changing political powers (516 BCE–70 CE). The students will examine the theological diversity of Second Temple Judaism as reflected in the primary sources, including Apocrypha and pseudepigrapha, Philo, the Dead Sea Scrolls, Josephus Flavius, apocalyptic texts, sapiential literature, and proto-rabbinic corpora. The primary readings will be analyzed with the aid of contemporary tools and methodologies. This course will also discuss the Jewish framework of the New Testament and its reflection of early Jewish customs and beliefs.