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Overview

Jewish theology is the attempt to constantly rethink the deeper meaning of the Jewish religion" (Louis Jacobs).

The subject of the bachelor's degree is the Jewish religion in its historical and current manifestations. During your studies, you will deal with theological and ethical issues and contextualize them in the context of current scientific and social discourses. You will acquire basic specialist knowledge in the various disciplines, for example in Jewish religious history and philosophy and in the exegesis of the Hebrew Bible and rabbinical literature. In addition, a solid knowledge of the source languages ??Hebrew and Aramaic as well as the history of the relations of Judaism to other religions, especially Christianity and Islam, are imparted. The course also offers insights into Jewish religious practice.

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

The bachelor's degree in Jewish theology is designed as a single-subject bachelor's degree. The bachelor's degree has a modular structure. Within the modules, the course content is thematically summarized in different study and teaching forms. A fixed number of credit points as well as certain study and examination achievements must be achieved in each module

The course has a total of 180 credit points and includes the content shown in the overview below. It can be studied without a specific focus as well as with a focus on Biblical Archeology, Liberal Rabbinate, Conservative (Masorti) Rabbinate and with a focus on Cantorat. When you enroll, you may decide on one of the focus areas offered. A change of focus is possible once, up to 150 credit points. 

Modules

Credit points

Compulsory modules 126 LP
Basic Module Jewish Religion and Philosophy Basic Module

Hebrew Bible and Exegesis

Advanced Module Rabbinic Literature

Advanced Module Halacha

Advanced Module Liturgy

Advanced Module Religious Pedagogy and Homiletics

Advanced Module Other Religions

Modern Hebrew

Biblical Hebrew

Advanced Module Modern Hebrew and Biblical

Advanced Module Rabbinical Hebrew

12 LP

12 LP

12 LP

12 LP

12 LP

12 LP

12 LP

9 LP

9 LP

12 LP

12 LP

Elective areas
Choice of one of the following modules, each with 12 CP:
12 LP

Basic module history and culture

Advanced module text study rabbinic literature

12 LP

12 LP

Key competencies 30 LP

Academic and subject-specific basic skills

Professional field-
specific skills (choice of three modules of 6 CP each from the Studiumplus offer)

12 LP

18 LP

Final module (including bachelor thesis) 12 LP
total 180 LP

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

If you want to study Jewish theology, an active interest in Jewish culture as well as interreligious and intercultural sensitivity is of great advantage. You should also show willingness to read the historical source texts in depth, which is a prerequisite for learning the Hebrew, Aramaic and Yiddish languages.

CAREER PROSPECTS

You will become an expert in the field of Jewish religion, past and present. The completion of the course gives you access to a variety of social, cultural and religious areas. This includes, in particular, activities in archives and museums with Jewish holdings, memorials, Jewish and non-Jewish educational and cultural institutions, at institutions that strive to preserve the Jewish heritage at home and abroad, and in monument protection. Students specializing in Biblical Archeology acquire additional skills that qualify them for activities in the field of Biblical Archeology.

The job description and the fields of work for the graduates include not only an academic career but also work in the field of Jewish religious practice and in communicating the Jewish religion. For the Jewish graduates, there are also professional fields of activity in Jewish communities, schools and other Jewish institutions. This also includes hospital and old people's home pastoral care, which does not necessarily have to be carried out by persons in the spiritual office.

Furthermore, the graduates of Jewish theology, like those of Christian theologies, can work successfully in other areas beyond religion-related professions, for example in publishing and the media, in human resources and as business consultants (for example in mission statement processes and in corporate communication), in in company training, administration and political work. 


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