Jewish History from Biblical to Modern Times

Black and white close-up photo of a menorah, the Star of David in its center.

A menorah, the nine-branched candelabrum used for the Jewish holiday Hanukkah. (Image courtesy of Lone Primate.)


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Fall 2007



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This course explores how our views of Jewish history have been formed and how this history can explain the survival of the Jews as an ethnic/religious group into the present day. Special attention is given to the partial and fragmentary nature of our information about the past, and the difficulties inherent in decoding statements about the past that were written with a religious agenda in mind. It also considers complex events in Jewish history -- from early history as portrayed in the Bible to recent history, including the Holocaust.

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Peter Temin. 21H.914 Jewish History from Biblical to Modern Times. Fall 2007. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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