Jewish Studies 101

Intro to Jewish History
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931 students
Jewish Studies 101
Rating: 4.3 out of 5 (25 ratings)
931 students
In Introduction to Jewish Studies, by way of an introduction 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
6 sections • 49 lectures • 56m total length
  • Introduction to the course
  • This is Jewish Studies 101.
  • Jewish Studies is a skill.
  • There are three periods of human history.
  • This is the history of Jewish Studies.
  • This is the running vocabulary list. (Vocab #1)
  • Jewish History parallels human history.
  • We are in the Modern period.
  • Who were the Israelites?
  • What does 'Israel' mean?
  • Judah was a tribe.
  • Was ancient Judah a giant kingdom?
  • Vocab #2
  • What is historiography?
  • Vocab #3
  • Where is Babylon?
  • What happened in 586/587 BCE?
  • Did the Babylonian empire actually conquer and exile Ancient Israel?
  • Jerusalem was the capital of Judah.
  • Jerusalem has been been conquered by many different powers.
  • Ancient Israelites built a temple in Jerusalem.
  • The first Ancient Israelite temple in Jerusalem was extremely complex.
  • Vocab #4
  • Was the Beit Ha-Mikdash rebuilt?
  • What was the Second Temple Period?
  • How did Ancient Jews interpret the destruction of the Second Temple?
  • How significant was the destruction of the temple?
  • The Romans banned the Jews from living in Jerusalem.
  • The destruction of the temple is essential to understanding Jewish History.
  • A small part of the Western Wall of the Second Temple still stands in Jerusalem.
  • People pray at the Kotel today.
  • Vocab #5
  • Is Jewish Tradition synonymous with Rabbinic Tradition?
  • Ancient Jews spoke Aramaic.
  • Jewish Studies is very technical.
  • Ancient Rabbis were aware of the Babylonian religion.
  • The first Rabbis to live outside the land of Israel were called Tann-Im
  • Vocab #6
  • The Rabbinic Tradition is based on the Hebrew Bible.
  • The Hebrew Bible has mythical/unknown origins
  • A common name for the Hebrew Bible is Tanakh.
  • Vocab #7
  • Tanakh is an acronym.
  • The Torah tells the story of the first humans and the creation of the world.
  • What is Biblical History?
  • What story does the Torah tell?
  • The Jewish King David united the tribes into one kingdom.
  • How does Rabbinic Literature relate to the story of the Hebrew Bible?
  • Thanks for completing the course :)

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Equipped with my Master's degree in Jewish Studies from Hebrew University in Jerusalem, I create academic-level courses on the topics of Jewish Studies and Astrology.  My courses are appropriate for both children and adults who are interested in supplementing and/or expanding their Jewish Education.  My courses are also appropriate for anyone interested in learning how to approach astrology as a mindfulness practice.  I call it Astro-Counseling.

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