Academic Approaches to Teaching Jewish Studiesby Zev Garber
Pub. Date: 01/28/2000
In this much anticipated follow-up to his "Methodology in the Academic Teaching of Judaism" (University Press of America, 1987), Zev Garber brings together an outstanding group of scholars and master teachers at the cutting edge of Jewish Studies. As each of these contributors confronts the process of integrating Jewish Studies into college humanities classes, the reader is treated to a wide-ranging and imaginative set of essays that will assist and inspire any educator who wishes to incorporate the concepts and themes of Jewish scholarship into his or her course. The volume is divided into four sections. The first concentrates on theory and methodology while the second examines the various approaches or topics that can be used to teach Jewish Studies. These include the Bible, rabbinical and modern literature, ethics, Zionism, Shoah, feminism, and Hebrew language. The third section is concerned with the proper direction of teaching Jewish Studies to non-Jews and touches upon the sensitive issue of how to educate and not indoctrinate. The last section includes personal perspectives on curricular issues that have a bearing on the integration of Jewish Studies and Western culture. Like the critically acclaimed first publication, this volume provides a thought-provoking and useful introduction to Jewish studies for a new cadre of scholars, students, and clergy.
Author Biography: Zev Garber is Professor of Jewish Studies at Los Angeles Valley College in Van Nuys, California.
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Table of Contentschapter 1 The Contemporary Study of Religion and the Academic Teaching of Judaism chapter 2 Reading Myth: A Strategy for a Methodological Introduction to the Study of Jewish Religions chapter 3 Choosing Among the Strands: Teaching Hebrew Bible Survey to Undergraduates at a Secular University chapter 4 The Emerging Field of Jewish Biblical Theology chapter 5 Approaching the Text: The Study of Midrash chapter 6 Honor It and Suspect It: A Resurgence of Christian-Hebraism chapter 7 Teaching Modern Hebrew Literature to American Undergraduates chapter 8 Integrating Gender Analysis into Jewish Studies of Teaching chapter 9 Teaching Jewish Ethics and Morals: Making Sense of Jewish Moral Theory and Practice chapter 10 Theological Education and Christian-Jewish Relations chapter 11 Dialogue: An Infusion Method for Teaching Judaism chapter 12 Teaching Shoah in the Contexts of Sacred Texts and Teachings chapter 13 Teaching Zionism: The Introductory Course chapter 14 Primary Sources Revisited: Methodology in the Study of Jewish History in Jewish Secondary Schools chapter 15 General Index chapter 16 Sources
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