Elenco corsi a.a. 2018/2019
Anno accademico 2018/2019

Introduzione all'Ebraismo RA0303

Sede di Gerusalemme
Primo semestre


To give the students a basic knowledge of the Jewish religion and the Jews today. To encourage them as Catholics to develop a correct attitude towards the Jews in the spirit of the Second Vatican Council. To face the issues at the heart of the ongoing Jewish-Christian dialogue.


1. Introduction: a. Why study Judaism? b. Some Church documents. 2. Who are the Jews? a. Who is a Jew? b. What is a Jew? 3. The history of the Jews: a. The Biblical period. b. The Rabbinic period. c. The Middle Ages. d. The Enlightenment. e. The modern period. 4. Jewish life – practice and faith: a. Halakha – walk according to the will of God. b. Jewish Scriptures. c. Jewish time. d. Jewish space. e. Daily practice. f. Life cycle. g. Jewish spirituality. 5. Jews today: a. Cultural and linguistic diversity. b. Confessional diversity. c. Jews in the Arab world. d. Jews, Zionism and the State of Israel. e. Jews and modernity. 6. Conclusion Learning Outcomes: Upon completion of the course, students are expected to: Acquire knowledge about Jews and Judaism (terminology, history, religion); face the issues at the heart of the ongoing Jewish-Christian dialogue.


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