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JEWISH

CODE 80367
ACADEMIC YEAR 2022/2023
CREDITS
  • 6 cfu during the 2nd year of 8740 LINGUE E CULTURE MODERNE (L-11) - GENOVA
  • 9 cfu during the 2nd year of 8459 STORIA (L-42) - GENOVA
  • SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR L-OR/08
    TEACHING LOCATION
  • GENOVA
  • SEMESTER 1° Semester
    TEACHING MATERIALS AULAWEB

    OVERVIEW

    The course aims to provide an overview of Jewish culture both through the aspect of the history of the Jewish people from the origins to the birth of the State of Israel, and through the diachronic study of the Hebrew language.

    AIMS AND CONTENT

    LEARNING OUTCOMES

    The course aims to provide the most significant linguistic and literary concepts for understanding the complexity of Jewish history, even in its cultural manifestation, making particular reference to the elements that more than others allow us to reconstruct the long path of national identity formation

    AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

    At the end of the course, the student will be able to:

    • use the elementary grammar of biblical Hebrew to be able to read simple narrative passages from the Pentateuch (Torah) or from historical books (earlier prophets);

    • evaluate the importance of the history of the Jewish people in the context of the history of the Ancient Near East and, more recently, of the history of the Jewish people in Europe;

    • understand the peculiarity of the Hebrew language compared to other Semitic languages;

    • distinguish in the biblical narrative a historical source or a theological rereading of the history of Israel.

    PREREQUISITES

    No prerequisites are required

    TEACHING METHODS

    Frontal lesson; practice of writing and reading texts, distribution of material and slide projection.

    Lessons will be held in presence. Attendance, although not compulsory, is recommended. Only those who attend lessons in  

    presence will be deemed attending students.

    The teacher, upon specific request by single students, could allow them to attend lessons remotely and to access the recordings of the lessons via Teams.

    Any non-attending students are requested to contact the teacher.

    All students are required to register on Aulaweb.

    SYLLABUS/CONTENT

    For 9 credits:

    Prehistory: Geographical framework; the ancient sources up to the "slavery" of Egypt

    The Semitic languages

    From the Exodus to the Exile: Highlights of Ancient Jewish History from the Judges to the Fall of Jerusalem

    Fundamentals of Biblical Hebrew Grammar

    From Exile to the Diaspora: Highlights of the History of the People of Israel from Exile to 70 AD

    Aramaisms and Targumic literature

    Diaspora: Judaism in Western culture

    Yiddish and Ladino

    The return: Zionism and the birth of the State of Israel

    Modern and contemporary Hebrew; Eliezer Ben Yehuda

    For 6 credits: priority will be given to the linguistic part, with a reduction of the part of the program relating to history, in particular as regards the first two topics (prehistory and from exodus to exile); this reduction can in any case be agreed with the teacher on the basis of personal interests.

    RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

    F. Serafini, Corso di Ebraico biblico, San Paolo, 2006 (2 voll).

    L. Mazzinghi, Storia d’Israele dalle origini al periodo romano, EDB, 2007

    L. e D. Cohn-Sherbok, Breve storia dell'ebraismo, il Mulino, 2001

    TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

    Exam Board

    ANDREA RAVASCO (President)

    GUIDO GIOVANNI BORGHI

    SIMONE TURCO (Substitute)

    LESSONS

    LESSONS START

    Tuesday, September 20th, 4 pm.

    Room P (Balbi 4)

    Class schedule

    All class schedules are posted on the EasyAcademy portal.

    EXAMS

    EXAM DESCRIPTION

    Oral examination. For the exam, in addition to the part on the history of the Jewish people, it is necessary to study a short passage in the language, analyzed and prepared in class, which helps the student to carry out the interview on both the historical and linguistic parts.

    ASSESSMENT METHODS

    To facilitate students, it will be possible to divide the exam into two parts: the historical part and the linguistic part; the linguistic part can be replaced by ongoing checks only for attending students.

    Exam schedule

    Date Time Location Type Notes