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Current courses by topic: Ancient and Medieval History

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Advanced Biblical Hebrew 3: Ancient Israel’s Power Politics: Prophets, Priests and Kings

L310-CBE Instructors: Grist Starting: 10/01/2017 Location: Congregation Beth El

In an era of political turmoil, it’s informative (and perhaps comforting) to examine an ancient predecessor. Our class will review episodes from the centuries-long conflict between the three key branches of ancient Israel’s government: the ...

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II Samuel: King David's Tragedies and Triumphs

T106A-CCD Instructors: Cohen Starting: 09/28/2017 Location: Contra Costa Jewish Day School

This Fall, we complete our study of the book of II Samuel. King David’s dreams and promise are on the verge of collapse. Having consolidated his united kingdom, he has established a Davidic Empire. Jerusalem ...

God: A Human History

A300-SJ Instructors: Aslan Starting: 11/29/2017 Location: JCCSF

Join writer, commentator and religious studies scholar Reza Aslan (Zealot) for a conversation about humanity’s struggle to make sense of the divine, and how the idea of god, from its prehistoric origins to its emergence ...

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Moses, Akhenaten and the Troubled Birth of Monotheism (Online Option)

H400-LJ Instructors: Grist Starting: 10/02/2017 Location: Lehrhaus Judaica

3,370 years ago (give or take) marks the birth moment of the first one-god faith: Akhenaten's Atenism in Egypt. It failed, but the second attempt (in Israel) ultimately gave birth to Judaism, Christianity and Islam. ...

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Sikhism and Judaism: Separated at Birth?

H300-SJ Instructors: Blady Starting: 10/16/2017 Location: JCCSF

The Sikh faith was founded in the late fifteenth century in India by Guru Nanak, who preached tolerance and equality for every person. Sikhs are monotheists who, like the Jews, lost their kingdom. They have ...

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The Jews of Italy: A Journey of 2,000 Years

H600-CC Instructors: Grist Starting: 10/01/2017 Location: Lehrhaus Judaica

This web-based course offers six hours of interactive information about the history and culture of Italian Jewry over two millennia. Whether you're planning a trip to Italy or simply interested in exploring the topic digitally, ...