October 27, 2005

Segal, Alan
[RELI V3210] Judaism in the Time of Jesus

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

Professor Segal is a great professor and this class is always packed. Judiasm in the Time of Jesus explores many of the traditional Judeo-Christian beliefs and the Biblical or historical stories behind them. Some students might be a little surprised by some of the thing Prof. Segal says, or maybe a little unwilling to admit that some of the things they have believed their entire life are very different in reality. He also examines the historical Jesus as opposed to the official institutional version of Jesus. He points out descrepancies in the Bible and uses his very critical approach in some instances to show that a story is unlikely to be true, and in others to show that something from a traditional story very likely did take place. His lectures are very interesting and the reading is not too bad at all. The essay topics also allow the students a lot of room to explore what interests them. I definitely recommend this class to anyone, especially if this is not your area of study and you want to learn about something new-the class is manageable and it might also open up your eyes!

Workload:

Readings each week, which follow along with the topic being talked about in lecture. Three essays spread out over the term; you can also do more for extra credit.