Course Descriptions

MECR 5/345 Jewish Thought and Practice - Credit Hours: 3

Semester normally offered: Spring

Course Description

The course will describe the nature of present-day Jewish religious beliefs, books, and practices with an emphasis on their development throughout the ages.

Course Equivalencies

This course fills equivalencies in the following areas:  

  • Judaism
  • Comparative Religions

Course Objectives

By the end of the course, the student should be able to:

  • identify the basic sacred texts of Judaism;
  • list the life cycle events and describe how they are celebrated in Judaism;
  • discuss how Judaism has developed through history including recent developments in the last century with the establishments of the State of Israel;
  • contrast and compare basic concepts of Christianity with Judaism; and
  • develop a conceptual structure for understanding the basic theological issues within classical and modern Judaism.

Field Study

A visit to a synagogue including a reading of the Torah scrolls. A Shabbat service and meal.