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In the English-taught course Jewish History you will get to understand the complexity of interpreting Jewish books, buildings and artefacts, and the variety of approaches for the study of such items.

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Startdatum 8 februari 2019
Einddatum 22 maart 2019
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Each session will have one central object from one of Amsterdam’s heritage collections as its central theme. This object will be “taken apart” in every possible way. After such an in-depth analysis of one object, more general larger themes will be addressed through the study of related objects, group readings of related primary and secondary literature and connections with larger historical, methodological and practical questions.

Lecturer of this course is Prof. Emile Schrijver, general director of the Jewish Historical Museum in Amsterdam. 

Please note: this is an Open UvA Course at Master's level. A Bachelor's degree in the Humanities is required to cope with the level of education.

Study schedule

  • 8 February: Amsterdam Mahzor, Cologne 1250
  • 15 February: Hebrew Bible, 1491, Ocaña/ Evora, 1494
  • 22 February: Daniel Bomberg’s Talmud, Venice, 1520-1523
  • 1 March: Portuguese synagogue, 1675
  • 8 March: The Rintel Hanukkiyah, 1753
  • 15 March: Charlotte von Rothschild Haggadah, 1842
  • 22 March: Hollandsche Schouwburg

Study guide

Date, time, location and price

  • Date: 8 February - 22 March 2019
  • Time: Fridays, 09:00 - 12:00 
  • Location: Oudemanhuispoort, C2.23
  • Price: 160 / 144 euro (discount price for AUV-members)


Important information

Course type Open UvA Course
Education Seminars
Semester/block Semester 2, block 2
Language English
Study material see UvA study guide
Deadline registration 31 January 2019 (subject to availability)


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