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Between Cross and Crescent: Jewish Civilization from Mohammed to Spinoza

Tifereth Israel Congregation’s Adult Education Committee and Gevarim Present:
A Lecture Series from The Great Courses

Lecturer: David Ruderman, Professor of Modern Jewish History at the University of Pennsylvania

Discussion Leader: Allan Tulchin, Professor of History at Shippensburg University, and Chair of TI Adult Education

Course Guide: David Ruderman, Between Cross and Crescent: Jewish Civilization from Mohammed to Spinoza

After each class, the audio version of each prior lecture is available by clicking on the link below

October 9

1 On Studying Jewish History

2 The Rabbinic Legacy Prior to Islam

November 20 3 The Beginnings of Jewish Life Under Islam

4 Baghdad and the Gaonic Age

December 11

5 Saadia Gaon and His World

6 The Philosophy of Saadia Gaon

December 18

7 The Rise of the Spanish Jewish Community

8 Judah ha-Levi’s Cultural Critique

January 22

9 Moses Maimonides’ Philosophy of Judaism

10 Jewish Beginnings in Christian Europe

January 29

11 The Church and the Jews prior to 1096

12 The Crusades and the Jews

February 12

13 Patterns of Jewish Culture—Rabbinic Learning

14 Patterns of Jewish Culture—Kabbalah

March 26

15 Patterns of Jewish Culture—German Pietism

16 The Medieval Jewish-Christian Debate

April 30

17 Understanding Medieval Anti-Semitism

18 Notes on the Medieval Jewish Family

May 7

19 The Decline and Expulsion of Spanish Jewry

20 Italian Jewry in the Early Modern Period

May 14

21 Kabbalah and Society in 16th-Century Safed

22 Shabbetai Zevi—The Mystical Messiah

June 11

23 The Rise of Eastern European Jewry

24 The Sephardim of Amsterdam





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