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Jewish Sacred Literature

CWL 283

Same as ENGL 283 and REL 283. See REL 283.

This course introduces students to the great literary works of the Jewish tradition from the time of Jesus until the Early Modern Period. The class will read and reflect upon a rich array of Jewish texts from a number of genres including philosophy, mysticism (Kabbalah), prayer, poetry, history and law. Attention will be given not only to content and form, but also to the historical and social context that gave rise to these important masterpieces. No prior knowledge of the Jewish tradition is necessary.