Jewish Philosophy (Zoom Course)

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3 Academic Credit Hours (Feb 12 – May 7, 2025)

Jewish Philosophy – GSE512

Course will be held via Zoom on Wednesdays, 4 – 7 PM (Israel Time)

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REGISTRATION is OPEN till Dec 1, 2024

Course Description

This course explores Jewish philosophy from ancient to modern times, focusing on key texts, thinkers, and ideas. Topics include the nature of God, the problem of evil, ethics, law, faith, and reason. A key component is the interaction between Jewish and Christian philosophy, examining Jewish critiques of Christian ideas and possible Christian responses. Students will study foundational figures such as Philo, Saadia Gaon, Maimonides, Spinoza, along with contemporary Jewish philosophers. Through readings, discussions, and critical analyses, participants will be equipped to articulate and analyze the central themes and debates within Jewish philosophy, appreciate its relevance to broader philosophical and theological discussions, and understand the dynamic relationship between Jewish and Christian philosophical traditions.

Course Goals

  1. To familiarize students with the major figures and texts in Jewish philosophy from ancient to modern times.
  2. To provide a framework for understanding the historical context and development of Jewish philosophical thought.
  3. To facilitate a comparative analysis of Jewish and Christian philosophical traditions, highlighting key points of interaction and divergence.
  4. To encourage critical thinking and discussion on the major themes in Jewish philosophy, such as the nature of God, ethics, and the problem of evil.

Learning Outcome

  • Students will learn to analyze and interpret key philosophical texts within the Jewish tradition, gaining insights into the development of Jewish thought.
  • Students will learn to critically engage with the interactions between Jewish and Christian philosophy, understanding Jewish critiques of Christian ideas and possible responses from Christian philosophy. *
  • Students will learn to articulate and debate fundamental questions of existence, morality, and spirituality, developing skills in philosophical analysis and dialogue.

Course Structure

  1. Classes will be lectures combined with discussion. Each student should prepare for class by reading the material assigned and doing the weekly assignments.
  2. An open discussion during lessons according to the learned material.
  3. Each student must read and accomplish his reading assignment.

We cannot ensure the quality of zoom recordings should technical failures occur. We also cannot guarantee that all parts will be recorded. Therefore, it is NOT possible to register for recordings only. Students need to participate in live lectures.

 

Course Dates and Topics :

Date

Topic
Feb 12, 2025 An Introduction to Jewish Philosophy
Feb 19, 2025 Hellenistic Jewish Philosophy
Feb 26, 2025 Medieval Jewish Philosophy

Mar 5, 2025

Jewish Neoplatonism
Mar 12, 2025 Jewish Philosophical Theology
Mar 19, 2025 (Dallas Spring Break)- no class
Mar 26, 2025 Jewish Philosophy of Religion
Apr 2, 2025 Creation, Time and Eternity in Jewish Thought
Apr 9, 2025 Jewish-Christian Philosophical dialogue
Apr 16, 2025 (Passover)- no class
Apr 23, 2025 Modern Jewish Philosophy
Apr 30, 2025 (Independence Day Eve)- no class
May 7, 2025  Spinoza and his Philosophy

 

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  • (All reading materials for each lesson will be available to students, in PDF format)

Instructors:

Dr. Golan Broshi

Dr. Golan Broshi is an Israeli born Messianic believer in Yeshua and an active member of Or Ha-Sharon Messianic Congregation. He holds MA in Social Education, MA in Jewish Education, and DMin in Middle East Leadership Ministry. He serves on the faculty of Israel College of the Bible in Netanya, Israel, as a full-time lecturer. His teaching field concentration is on Jewish Oral Law, Biblical Hebrew, and Education. Dr. Golan Broshi has published several scholarly articles and books including, The Oral Law Debunked (co-authored with Dr. Eitan Bar, One for Israel, 2018), “Shavuot,” in A Handbook on the Jewish Roots of the Christian Faith (eds. Craig A. Evans, David Mishkin, Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 2019).

Mr. Eli Haitov

Mr. Eli Haitov

Eli Haitov  

 


Course at a Glance

  • Live Lectures via Zoom
  • February 12 – May 7, 2025, Wednesdays 4 – 7 PM (Israel Time)
  • Language: English

Course Fees

  • For Academic Credit  – $750 USD
  • DTS Students – $450 USD
  • For Personal Enrichment  – $249 USD

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*These fees do not include required textbooks

**Payment is non-refundable