Daily Life of Jews in Antiquity
- Course Code:
- Course Not Running 2015/2016
- Unit value:
- Year of study:
- Year 2 or Year 3
- Taught in:
- Term 1
The topics to be addressed in the course will range from housing and living conditions to issues of family life (the respective roles of the householder, his wife, children and slaves; marriage and divorce; family purity), working conditions and types of work, leisure time activities (theatre, bathhouse), burial practices and travel and mobility.
Objectives and learning outcomes of the course
At the end of the course, a student should be able to
- critically analyze ancient literary, archaeological, and epigraphic sources which provide evidence on aspects of Jewish everyday life
- understand the relationship between religious theory and practice and social reality
- examine the ways in which rabbinic halakhah deals with issues of family law and civil law
- assess gender differences in representations of ancient daily life
- explain the significance of the family and family practices in ancient Judaism
- evaluate the role of slaves and slavery in ancient Jewish society and religion
- write essays that utilize and integrate the different types of source material utilized in the course
Method of assessment
Exam (60%) and Essay (40%)
- Schaefer, Peter (1995) The History of Jews in Antiquity, Luxembourg.
- Hirschfeld, Yizhar (1995) The Palestinian Dwelling in the Roman-Byzantine Period, Jerusalem.
- Satlow, Michael L. (2001) Jewish Marriage in Antiquity, Princeton.