The objective of the course is to give the students a basic knowledge of the Jewish religion and the Jews today. This is in the spirit of the Second Vatican Council that encourages all Catholics to develop a correct attitude towards the Jews and repent of centuries of a “teaching of contempt”. The course will also focus on the challenges that Jews face in the modern world and the issues at the heart of the ongoing Jewish-Christian dialogue.
Why study Judaism? Who are the Jews? The history of the Jewish people. Practice and faith in Jewish life. The Jewish calendar. The Jews today. Nature and evolution of the relationship between the Church and Synagogue. Learning Outcomes: • Students will acquire knowledge about Jews and Judaism – terminology, history, religion and the issues that face Jews today.
Instead of one particular textbook, detailed notes will be supplemented by photocopied pages from a variety of sources. Bibliography: Greenberg I. The Jewish Way: Living the Holidays. Northvale: Jason Aronson Publishers, 1988. Hartman D. A Living Covenant: The Innovative spirit in Traditional Judaism. Woodstock: Jewish Lights Publishers, 2000. Holtz B., Edited by. Back to the Sources: Reading the Classic Jewish Texts. London: Simon and Schuster, 1986. King H. Judaism. London: SCM Press, 1992. Lange N. An Introduction to Judaism. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000. Mendes-Flohr P. and A. Cohen, Edited by.Contemporary Jewish Religious Thought. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1988. Neusner J. An Introduction to Judaism: A Textbook and Reader. Louisville: John Knox Press, 1991. Sandmel D., R. Catalono & C. Leighton, ed.. Irreconcilable Differences? A Learning Resource for Jews and Christians, Boulder: Westview Press, 2001. Solomon N. Judaism. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000.