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Jewish Art of Antiquity (ART-301)


Various; distance learning format.


Varies (self-study). 


June 2017 - Present. 

Instructional delivery format: 
Proficiency exam
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the exam, students will be able to: identify artistic motivations of Jewish art of Antiquity; describe the key features of  Jewish art of Antiquity; trace the development of popular motifs in Jewish art; compare and contrast Jewish art of Antiquity from different places; compare and contrast Jewish art of Late Antiquity with that of nearby cultures; identify strengths and weaknesses of various theories of art interpretation as they apply to Jewish art of Antiquity; explain changes in Jewish art from the Second Temple period through the end of Late Antiquity; analyze Jewish art of Antiquity from multiple perspectives, including political, social, and religious; and apply rabbinic sources to questions of Jewish art.


Jewish Art of Antiquity examines visual Judaism from the time of the settlement of the Jewish people in the Land of Israel, including major emphasis on Late Antiquity. This includes knowledge of the major archaeological finds from that period in both Israel and the Diaspora, and what makes each significant. The exam presents a variety of interpretations of these pieces and analyzes the debates over various theories of interpretation. Social, political, and religious contexts are examined to better understand the meaning of the art. Comparisons are made between different works from the period. Special attention is given to the rabbinic view on art and specific types of art, and what level of influence the rabbis may have had over the producers of the art in this period.

Credit recommendation: 

In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Art, Biblical Studies, History, Judaic Studies, Near Eastern Studies, or Religious Studies (6/17).