Palestine: Roman Rule to Islam (JCTC1001)


How did the religion and history of the Jewish people change from the Second Temple to the rabbinic period? Explore the history and religion of the Jews during the watershed period in Palestine under Roman rule. Study the Hellenist influence on Judaism, the development of different sects, including the Dead Sea sect, and the emergence of Christianity. Lectures (2 hours a week) focus on the history of the period. Tutorials deal with broad questions such as who is a Jew and universalism and chosenness in Judaism together with a knowledge and understanding of basic Jewish belief and practice. Students will gain insights into the evolution of Judaism from pagan times to the present. At the upper level, students can study Medieval Judaism, Holocaust and Israel.

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1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week


1x2hr exam (40%), 1x2000wd Essay (30%), 1x500wd synopsis of a tutorial paper (20%) and Tutorial participation (10%)

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