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University of Jewish Studies


Jewish Civilizations

Subjects: Jewish Civilizations

M.A. | Master of Arts

⏳  Duration
4 Semesters
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1,500 EUR
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⏱️ Application Deadline Winter
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Course description

Arnold J. Toynbee, the British historian, identified 23 civilizations in his extensive work, *A Study of History*. Among these, he included well-known examples like the Egyptian, Hellenistic, and Iranian civilizations, as well as more unique ones such as the Bible-soaked Byzantine and Russian Orthodoxy. In 1934, Toynbee controversially described the Jews as an “extinct society which only survives as a fossil,” sparking significant backlash. Holocaust theologian R. Eliezer Berkovits challenged this view, questioning, “Judaism – fossil or ferment?” It's undeniable that Jews have played and continue to play the role of a “creative minority” in many urban civilizations. In the same year, American rabbi Mordechai Menachem Kaplan published his major work, *Judaism as a Civilization*. Kaplan argued that Judaism is more than just a religion; it is a civilization that evolves within the context of other civilizations. Shmuel N. Eisenstadt's sociological study, *Jewish Civilization - The Jewish Historical Experience in a Comparative Perspective* (1992), also supports the idea of Jewish civilizations in the plural. Beyond a core essence, Jewish civilizations exhibit a

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Study Location Heidelberg
Start Semester Summer, Winter
Study Form Full-time
Study Type Postgraduate
Teaching Language English
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Application Fee non-EU No information
Study Length 4 Semesters
Tuition Fees per Semester 1,500 EUR
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