Learn about the key beliefs and practices of Judaism through an examination of its sacred texts and their interpretation from the Judaism Scriptures.
About this course
For over two millennia, Jews throughout the entire world have been committed to reading, interpreting, and living their scriptures. But what are the Jewish scriptures? When were they written? And why are they relevant in the 21st century?
This religion course introduces students to the diversity of the ever-expanding Jewish canon and the equally diverse ways of reading it. It will examine how Jews, ancient and modern, drew inspiration and guidance from the traditional texts while simultaneously reinterpreting their contents in light of new circumstances. The religion we call Judaism? emerges at the nexus of text, interpretation, and lived tradition.
Whether you are a long-time student of the Jewish scriptures or a complete newcomer, this course will give you a new understanding of the fascinating roles that sacred texts have played in the rich history of Judaism.
What you will learn from Judaism Through Its Scriptures?
- The diversity of Jews and Judaism
- Key facts about the primary texts of the Jewish canon
- The role that scripture has played and continues to play in the lives of Jews
- Why the sacred texts of Judaism continue to matter in the 21st century
- Who are Jews?
- Pre Course Survey
- What is Judaism?
- The Hebrew Bible
- The Jewish Canon
- Interpreting the Hebrew Bible: Stories
- Interpreting the Hebrew Bible: Laws
- The Song of Songs
- The Experience of Scripture
- Final Exam
- End of Course Survey
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- Harvard University
- Online Course
- 1-4 Weeks
- Free Course (Affordable Certificate)
- History Philosophy Religion