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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

Maalot Educational Network | Evaluated Learning Experience

Jewish Intellectual History from the Mishna until Modern Times (HIS399)


42 hours (13 weeks).

Maalot, Jerusalem, and other authorized locations.
September 2009 - Present
Instructional delivery format: 
Hybrid course/exam
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: identify and discuss decisive events and personalities in Jewish history from the third through the twentieth century and their historical and philosophical context as part of wider global historical events; discuss the development of Jewish literary and intellectual creativity with particular emphasis on Halachic literature across the last 1,800 years; discuss the authorship of major works of Jewish scholarship in that period; and discuss how the issues, movements and ideas shaping the Jewish world arose in a larger historical context.


This course may be delivered in a classroom or online format. Topics include: the creation and function of the Mishna and Talmud, the era of the Geonim, the formation of Sefardi and Ashkenazi Jewry, the Golden Age of Spain, the Halachic Codification of Talmudic law, the Crusades, Peshat versus Drash and Rationalist versus Non-Rationalist approaches, Expulsions of the 14th and 15th century, Maimonidean controversy, Lurianic Kabbalist thought, commentators on the Shulchan Aruch, false Messiahs and their effect on the modern Jewish world, Reform and Enlightenment, the philosophy of Rav S.R. Hirsch, the emergence of Chassidut, Haskala, the Yeshiva and Mussar movements, Zionism, etc. Methods of instruction include lecture and discussion. Prerequisite: Introdction to Jewish History. 

Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category OR in the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Judaic Studies, Law, or Religious Studies (10/10) (8/15 revalidation) (3/21 revalidation).