Medieval Jewish History | The Arizona Center for Judaic Studies

Medieval Jewish History

Courses in Medieval Jewish History

Jewish Civilazation
Women in Judaism
JUS 329
Jewish-Christian Relations
Medieval & Early Modern Jewish History
German-Jewish Writers
The History of Anti-Semitism
God and the Problem of Evil
JUS 435
Jewish Mysticism
JUS 440
Imagaes of Jews & Judaism in German Culture
The Spanish Inquisition

The empirical study of Jews from the destruction of the Second Temple to the Enlightenment allows us to understand the diversity of the Judean heritage; examine the evolution of Jewish culture(s) from a temple-centered, agricultural civilization led by kings and by priests to a decentralized yet ultimately cohesive diasporic civilization led by scholars and other public figures; evaluate how the members of the Jewish nation in-exile understood and maintained their cultural distinctiveness, interconnectedness, and sense of transcendent purpose across vast expanses of time and space; gauge how culture areas of the Judean Diaspora—for instance, Bavel, Sepharad, Ashkenaz—emerged and how they shaped Jewish civilization; see that rather than merely “praying and suffering,” ordinary and extraordinary Jews in various diasporic settings selected foreign cultural material, domesticated it, and acted in order to give meaning to Jewish life, thereby preserving and (re)creating Jewish culture; and thriving, at least psychically, while entire civilizations rose and fell around them, and come face to face with a living, breathing, complex human heritage, not with hazy Biblical archetypes or deracinated, modern ones   

Meet the Experts


Associate Professor                       Assistent Professor
Judaic Studies                               Religious Studies
Early Modern and Modern             Rabbinics, Jewish Studies,
Jewish History                               Transgender Studies
Deborah Kaye, Ph.D.                    Thomas L. Price
Non-Tenured Lecturer                 Non-Tenured Instructor
Judaic Studies                               Judaic Studies
Medieval and Early                       The History of Anti-Semitism
Moder Jewish History




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