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RELIGION 205: The Emergence of Judaism
Professor Ronald C. Kiener, Department of Religion


This course provides a historical overview of Judaism and the Jewish people from Biblical origins to the end of the Talmudic era.  Thus, the focus of this course spans more than a millenium — from the sixth century BCE to the end of the sixth century CE.  Our focus will be further sharpened by concentrating on the religious and social develop-ments during this period.  The next 1000 years of Jewish history will be covered in Religion 206 (Medieval Judaism).  Finally, students may complete the historical survey with Religion 218 (Judaism in the 20th Century).  There is no requirement to take both courses and students may take 206 or 218 without taking 205, or vice versa.