Jewish Studies (JS)

JS 103  H2b:Jwsh Read of the Bible    3 sem. hrs.

This course studies selected Old Testament texts from a Jewish point of view. By gaining an awareness of Jewish traditions of biblical interpretation, expemplified by Midrash (Religious Literature) and Talmud (Bible Commentary), students will deepen their appreciation for Catholic biblical hermeneutics.

Prerequisite: THEO 106.

JS 211  H3:DV:EarlyJud:FoundChristi    3 sem. hrs.

This course studies the beliefs, observances, practices, rituals, and texts of Judaism during its formative period to 135 AD. In addition to exploring the Jewish roots of Christianity, students will discover the continuity between early Judaism and contemporary Jewish life by visiting a synagogue. Cross-listed with THEO 210. Prerequisite, THEO 106. Offered every other academic year.

JS 212  T1:CL:DV:To/Fr the Gas Chamber    3 sem. hrs.

A study of Jewish culture in Europe leading up to the "Shoah" or Holocaust when over six million Jews were sent to death camps and executed by the Nazis. The aftermath of the Holocaust and the establishment of the state of Israel will also be studied.

JS 290  H1:DV:Hate Groups/Violence    3 sem. hrs.

This course explores the background, culture, and beliefs of individuals and movements that advocate hate. Students will study the psychological, philosophical, and religious origins of hate. They will also critically apply these interdisciplinary perspectives to anti-Semitism, pogroms, the Holocaust, KKK, racism, and neofascism. This course includes a field trip to the U.S. Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C., the costs for which are underwritten by the Edand Ruth Wilkof Foundation. Cross-listed with THEO 289. Offered every other year.

Prerequisite: THEO 106.

JS 301  H1:DV: Holacaust Studies    3 sem. hrs.

An interdisciplinary investigation of the Holocaust. Selected topics include, but are not limited to, sociocultural, technological, psychological, philosophical, and theological issues. Students will also study the Holacaust's consequences and humanitarian efforts to seek justice.

JS 313  Rise/Fall of Nazi Germany    3 sem. hrs.

(See History 313) A study of the origins, course, and collapse of the Third Reich including the politics of genocide.

JS 315  H3:Rep Brok Wrld:Jew Valu Heal    3 sem. hrs.

This course investigates the social justice values of the biblical prophets, the Jewish mystical concept of Tikkun Olam (Repairing the World), and movements such as Zionism and Reform Judaism as responses to the brokenness of the world and as rationales for religiously motivated action. Students will deepen their understanding of theological anthropology. They will also apply these values to today’s world and identify their own rationale for repairing the world. Cross-listed with THEO 320. Offered every other year.

Prerequisite: THEO 106.

JS 317  H2a:Rome&Jer:AClashofCultures    3 sem. hrs.

This course explores the history, architecture, conflict and developmentof Roman and Jewish culture and religion during the first centuries BC and AD as a backdrop to the faith of Jesus. In addition to developing competency in critical thinking and dialogue, students will compare the two great civilizations and consider parallels between them and our contemporary culture. Cross-listedwith THEO 317. Prerequisite, THEO 106. Offered every other year.