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V3201 Introduction to the Hebrew Bible; V3210 Judaism in the time of Jesus

December 31, 1999

Segal, Alan
V3201 Introduction to the Hebrew Bible; V3210 Judaism in the time of Jesus

Please keep in mind that this review is more than 5 years old.

You either love the guy or are horribly offended by his jokes and leave the first day. Even though he is a practicing Jew (and a reform Rabbi), The Bible, Judaism and Jesus will be put through the ringer. Some favorite quotes: "The first 5 books of the Bible are F-I-C-T-I-O-N, fiction people"; "Any religion that bases its morality on the first 5 books of the bible is not thinking straight.") As someone who is facinated by religion but critical of it, I loved this class! Segal is entertaining, funny, yet caring (go to his office hours). He loves multi-media almost to a fault, but he uses it to make fun of fundamentalists. He gets into theory, not just fact. And don't be scared off by the orthodox Jews in the class: Segal knows they know more than you ever will and grades accordingly. Class: Intro to the Hebrew Bible is better than Judiasm in the time of Jesus. Both classes are taught chronologically and like a history class. The main text in both is the Bible.

Workload:

A good deal of reading but you do only what you want because there are no tests, just three papers that you can do on a variety of topics and are fairly and easily graded. Just show up to class -- he notices when you are not there.

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