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10303 The Jewish Diaspora in the Hellenistic-Roman Period 1

Credits: 6 advanced credits in Ancient History of the Jewish People

Prerequisites: 36 credits, including From Exile to Independence and Jewish History during the Second Temple: Judea and Rome. Students must also fulfill all English requirements and take bibliographic instruction in the Library.

Authors: Lea Roth-Gerson, Joseph Agur, Aya Elishav-Barsky

The course focuses on one of the important phenomena in Jewish history the Jewish Diaspora. The Jewish Diaspora has existed throughout the world from the destruction of the First Temple to this day, and constitutes an integral part of Jewish existence. The course aims to develop the ability to read and analyze historical sources and professional literature; and to develop a critical approach, independent thought and the ability to explain and justify positions concerning issues discussed.

Topics: The development of the Diaspora and its geographic locations in the Hellenistic-Roman period (required); The legal status of Diaspora Jews (required); Hatred of Jews in ancient times; The Diaspora revolt; Diaspora relations with the Land of Israel; Synagogues in the Diaspora; The Jewish community in Babylon (required); Non-Jews and conversion to Judaism.

1Students may write a seminar paper in this course, although it is not required.