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ERIC Number: EJ853691
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Apr
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 6
ISSN: ISSN-1368-4868
Approaches to Jewish Studies: Teaching a Methods Class
Hochman, Leah
Teaching Theology & Religion, v8 n2 p78-85 Apr 2005
Like religious studies, Jewish studies is an academic exploration of literature, ritual, history, philosophy, and experience across disciplinary boundaries. As with all area studies, Jewish studies balances itself--often precariously--as a bridge across that range of methodological options. The breadth of theories employed by each has complicated the teaching of an upper level seminar in Jewish studies. Conceived as a cross between a parade of scholars course and a senior capstone experience, the class employed the broad thematic principle of "identity." In doing so, it exposed the biases of the students, the subject, and the instructor. [The appendix--abbreviated syllabus mentioned in this essay can be found on the Wabash Center Web site (]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A