Jewish Studies 101: Intro to Jewish History

Intro to Jewish History and Judaism
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In Introduction to Jewish Studies, by way of an introduction to Jewish History

Requirements

  • Genuine curiosity
  • An openness to viewing academia and tradition as two equally valid perspectives
  • Appreciation for the academic explanation of the Jewish tradition

Description

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

Course content

6 sections49 lectures56m total length
  • Introduction to the course
    02:10
  • This is Jewish Studies 101.
    00:13
  • Jewish Studies is a skill.
    01:59
  • There are three periods of human history.
    00:06
  • This is the history of Jewish Studies.
    01:11
  • This is the running vocabulary list. (Vocab #1)
    00:49
  • Jewish History parallels human history.
    02:28
  • We are in the Modern period.
    00:35
  • Who were the Israelites?
    00:54
  • What does 'Israel' mean?
    02:31
  • Judah was a tribe.
    00:25
  • Was ancient Judah a giant kingdom?
    02:46
  • Vocab #2
    00:35
  • What is historiography?
    01:07
  • Vocab #3
    00:08
  • Where is Babylon?
    00:11
  • What happened in 586/587 BCE?
    00:38
  • Did the Babylonian empire actually conquer and exile Ancient Israel?
    00:20

Instructor

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Devin Egber
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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.