Jewish Studies 101: Intro to Jewish History
- Genuine curiosity
- An openness to viewing academia and tradition as two equally valid perspectives
- Appreciation for the academic explanation of the Jewish tradition
This course serves as both an introduction to Jewish Studies and an introduction to Jewish History. Jewish History is one part of Jewish Studies, and by completing this course, you will not only be able to begin to learn higher levels of Jewish History, but you will also be able to have a foundational understanding of Jewish Studies itself. A foundational understanding of Jewish Studies is essential to be able to have an intelligent conversation about modern Middle-Eastern politics, or in developing an awareness of Jewish people/culture.
Who this course is for:
- Anyone interested in truly understanding the basis of the Jewish tradition's explanation of Jewish History
- 02:10Introduction to the course
- 00:13This is Jewish Studies 101.
- 01:59Jewish Studies is a skill.
- 00:06There are three periods of human history.
- 01:11This is the history of Jewish Studies.
- 00:49This is the running vocabulary list. (Vocab #1)
- 02:28Jewish History parallels human history.
- 00:35We are in the Modern period.
- 00:54Who were the Israelites?
- 02:31What does 'Israel' mean?
- 00:25Judah was a tribe.
- 02:46Was ancient Judah a giant kingdom?
- 00:35Vocab #2
- 01:07What is historiography?
- 00:08Vocab #3
- 00:11Where is Babylon?
- 00:38What happened in 586/587 BCE?
- 00:20Did the Babylonian empire actually conquer and exile Ancient Israel?
Devin Egber, MA: Formal and Experiential Jewish Educator
Equipped with my Master's degree in Jewish Studies from Hebrew University in Jerusalem, I create academic courses on Jewish Studies, including Jewish History, Jewish Literature, and Jewish Astrology. My courses are designed to be accessible to students of all backgrounds and ages.