Universität Wien FIND

060011 SE Conversion in Judaism: Giur, Teshuva and more (2018W)

Privatissimum Rabbinische Texte

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Details

Language: German

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Tuesday 09.10. 10:00 - 11:30 Hörsaal 1 Judaistik UniCampus Hof 7 2L-EG-25
Tuesday 16.10. 10:00 - 11:30 Hörsaal 1 Judaistik UniCampus Hof 7 2L-EG-25
Tuesday 23.10. 10:00 - 11:30 Hörsaal 1 Judaistik UniCampus Hof 7 2L-EG-25
Tuesday 30.10. 10:00 - 11:30 Hörsaal 1 Judaistik UniCampus Hof 7 2L-EG-25
Tuesday 06.11. 10:00 - 11:30 Hörsaal 1 Judaistik UniCampus Hof 7 2L-EG-25
Tuesday 13.11. 10:00 - 11:30 Hörsaal 1 Judaistik UniCampus Hof 7 2L-EG-25
Tuesday 20.11. 10:00 - 11:30 Hörsaal 1 Judaistik UniCampus Hof 7 2L-EG-25
Tuesday 27.11. 10:00 - 11:30 Hörsaal 1 Judaistik UniCampus Hof 7 2L-EG-25
Tuesday 04.12. 10:00 - 11:30 Hörsaal 1 Judaistik UniCampus Hof 7 2L-EG-25
Tuesday 11.12. 10:00 - 11:30 Hörsaal 1 Judaistik UniCampus Hof 7 2L-EG-25
Tuesday 08.01. 10:00 - 11:30 Hörsaal 1 Judaistik UniCampus Hof 7 2L-EG-25
Tuesday 15.01. 10:00 - 11:30 Hörsaal 1 Judaistik UniCampus Hof 7 2L-EG-25
Tuesday 22.01. 10:00 - 11:30 Hörsaal 1 Judaistik UniCampus Hof 7 2L-EG-25
Tuesday 29.01. 10:00 - 11:30 Hörsaal 1 Judaistik UniCampus Hof 7 2L-EG-25

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

Aim:

The aim is to introduce students to various concepts of conversion in the Jewish context. The course will explore various examples, ancient and modern, of conversion in Jewish history.

Students will:

• acquire knowledge of what constitutes ‘conversion’, and how it can be studied in a Jewish context; will identify the differences between various conversion concepts.

• acquire knowledge of different texts, traditions and practices dealing with conversion; be able to analyze developments in concepts of conversion as well as differences between various forms of Jewish thought.

Description:

Conversion is a key term in the study of any religious group. It allows the group to define its own borders, main principles and practices thus actually defining itself. Jewish history predates the term ‘conversion’ thus allowing us to view the development of this concept in the Jewish tradition. Conversion is a highly relevant subject also in today's Judaism, being the ground for many controversies within the Jewish world which touch upon the question of “who is Jewish”.

The course will explore Jewish phenomena which are usually found under the umbrella term conversion. We will explore these themes from various aspects: theoretical, historical and literary.

Assessment and permitted materials

participation and a short presentation

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

The course is meant for advanced bachelor and master students since the texts are read in the original Hebrew. For a passing grade, one must actively take part in class and make a short presentation.

Examination topics

Reading list

Zvi Zohar, Avi Sagi, Transforming identity: the ritual transition from gentile to Jew-structure and meaning

Moshe Lavee, The Rabbinic Conversion of Judaism
The Unique Perspective of the Bavli on Conversion and the Construction of Jewish Identity

Lewis R. RAMBO, Theories of Conversion: Understanding and Interpreting Religious Change

Association in the course directory

BA: U1-225
MA: U2-323

Last modified: Tu 26.02.2019 08:27