FOLK 280 401 Jewish Folklore
D. Ben Amos
Lecture: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Cross-listed with AMES 243, COML 283, JWST 260
General Requirement II: History & Tradition
The Jews are among the few nations and ethnic groups whose oral tradition occurs in literary and religious texts
dating back more than two thousand years. This tradition changed and diversified over the years in terms of the
migrations of Jews into different countries and the historical, social, and cultural changes that these countries
underwent. The course attempts to capture the historical and ethnic diversity of Jewish folklore in a variety of
oral literary forms. A basic book of Hasidic legends from the 18th century will serve as a key text to explore
problems in Jewish folklore.
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