REMINDERS: Your Buddhism short essay questions are due today. Your Blog Entry #3 - Buddhism is also officially late as of today.
You should begin (or continue) your reading in the Judaism chapter in Huston Smith's The World's Religions. I've changed the reading schedule to accommodate the extra day we took on Buddhism. You should be through page 282 by the time of today's class and through 289 by the time we meet again on Tuesday.
I'll have the Judaism Reading Packets available at our next class session.
The History of Judaism: Clearly, this topic could cover an entire course. In addition, you are familiar with some of the material from your Regional Studies and Western Civilization classes. (At least, I hope you are...) For this class, we will try to create a sort of time line or historical overview as a group. I have taken the liberty of dividing Judaism's history into six periods as you can see here. (OK, the article I'm giving you did this already.)
- The Biblical Period (c. 2500 - 300 BCE)
- The Hellenistic Age (c. 300 BCE - 135 CE)
- The Talmudic Period (c. 135 - 600)
- The Judeo-Islamic Age (Seventh to Thirteenth Centuries)
- The European Age (Thirteenth to Eighteenth Centuries)
- The Modern Age (Eighteenth Century to the Present)
- Modern: 18th century to World War II
- Modern: World War II and the Holocaust
- Modern: Israel to the present
It is your job to provide the content. (Do that in a word-processing document. You will submit this to me, and I will collate and copy them.) I'll give you the class time today, but don't expect much more than that for this.
There doesn't seem to be a need for more than three or four people in any particular group. This will carry over parts of a couple days, and I want the finished product ready at the start of class on Tuesday, November 11th. That means I should receive your groups' work by noon of that day.
What should you include? This obviously depends on the particular period you are examining. You will not be able to teach us everything, so you should focus on what you believe to be most important and interesting. Here are some suggestions:
- Who are important people or groups from this time period?
- What did they do?
- What world events impacted Judaism during this period?
- What new beliefs, customs, or traditions evolved in Judaism during this period?
- Did the Jewish population undergo migration or movement during this time?
- What conflicts or examples of Anti-Semitism did Jews face at this time?
- What examples of the covenant can you identify during this period?
- Are there useful resources on the Internet to which you can direct readers?
You can make a decision on the best way to present your information, whether it be in text or outline format. I'm thinking the equivalent of a page per group. (Some of you might want to do a version of a "Top Ten" list or handout or whatever...)
As you probably suspect, there is an abundance of material available on the Internet on this subject. Here is a link to get you started:
Judaism 101: This may be the single most useful source for information on Judaism found anywhere on the Internet. One look at the Table of Contents might convince you of that.
HOMEWORK for Judaism - Day #3
Please continue in your reading with the Judaism chapter in Huston Smith's The World's Religions. You should be up thorough page 289 by class time on Tuesday.
Your fourth Independent Assignment is due on Thursday, November 6th.