Forum discussion: Biblical Judaism,Rabbinic Judaism,Jewish Identity

Forum Discussion Beginning this week, students must construct a primary post in two different discussion threads. A primary post is 2-4 paragraphs long and reads like a short essay, though not necessarily as formal. In these, cite your sources, even if it is the two course texts with page numbers listed. Do a primary post in two of them and a more general post in the third with your views in 2-3 paragraphs.

Respond to the following topics and questions in the Forum. One of your primary posts must be on Jewish identity. Unless directed otherwise by your facilitator, make a thoughtful reply to at least two other students in each thread for the duration of the course.

Note: the destruction of the Second Temple is a momentous event but is not to be the direct focus of either thread 1 or 2.

1. Biblical Judaism
Jewish history is often divided into two great spans of time-before and after the destruction of the Second Temple. Identify a key event or development in biblical Judaism that ranks as one of the most important and offer reasons for your choice.

2. Rabbinic Judaism
Identify a key event or development in rabbinical Judaism that ranks as one of the most important and offer reasons for your choice.

3. Jewish Identity
Explore how the sense of Jewish identity was created and maintained through the centuries and whether it might be seen as an ethnic or religious identity. While not necessarily discussing each of these, consider sacred history, law, practices and celebrations, understanding of being a chosen people, and suffering. Do not limit yourself only to biblical times.

text book is anthology of world scriptures seventh edition robert E. Voorst and fith edition experiencing the worlds religions by michael Molloy.