Teaching Jewish History

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Behrman House, Inc, 2006 - Religion - 243 pages
Inform your students' lives with the richness of thousands of years of Jewish history, culture, and tradition. Teaching Jewish History tackles separately each of the key Jewish historical periods-Biblical, Rabbinic, Medieval, Early Modern, Enlightenment, and Modern, as well as the North American Jewish experience. The authors shift focus away from rote memorization of dates, names, and places, and instead examine each period through the lens of core historical concepts-the Diaspora, Covenant, acculturation, assimilation, and building community. History comes to life, helping students whether elementary, middle or high school, or adult develop a stronger Jewish identity. Teaching Jewish History gives teachers the tools to: ? Understand and explain the meaning of key concepts, terms, names, places, and events in each period of history. ? Identify and examine primary source documents and objects such as artifacts, diaries, sacred texts, photographs, and artwork. ? Conduct meaningful discussions of how the core concepts of Jewish history recur in and are relevant to each historical period. ? Develop a variety of activities including field trips, mock trials, oral histories, and role-playing activities. ? Place historical events on a timeline. ? Use additional historical and educational resources such as books, articles, videos, and Internet sites. Teaching Jewish History is an invaluable resource for the novice and the expert teacher of religious and day school children and for educators working with adults in synagogues, community centers, and family education programs.
 

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Contents

An Introduction to Teaching Jewish History
7
An Integrated Approach to Teaching Jewish History
10
About This Book
22
MAJOR PERIODS OF JEWISH HISTORY
23
Biblical Period
25
Our Matriarchs and Patriarchs
26
Becoming a People Moses and the Exodus
32
Judges Kings and Prophets
40
The Rabbinic Period
74
The Greater Jewish Diaspora
78
Medieval Period
85
Jews in the Muslim World
86
JewishGentile Relations in Medieval Christian Europe
92
Codes and Commentators Jewish Learning in the Middle Ages
100
Jewish Life in Spain
112
Early Modern Period
125

Exile The Destruction of the First Temple
50
Hellenism and Hasmoneans
60
Rabbinic Period
67
End of an Era The Last Years of the Second Temple Period
68
Jews in the Ottoman Empire
126
Eastern European Jewry
134
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