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JWC3070 - Maimonides' Principles of the Jewish Faith

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader: Shimon Cowen


Not offered in 2007


This unit examines the major topics of Jewish belief, including the existence, unity, incorporeality and eternity of the Creator, the address of prayer, revelation prophecy and the integrity of the tradition, providence, reward and punishment, the messiah and resurrection. This is viewed through the great systematic theology of Maimonides, with reference to other major theologians in the tradition and as well as subsequent commentary and texts relating to the topics of Maimonides' principles.


As for JWC2070 but students will also be expected to demonstrate more advanced research skills, more focus upon, and analysis of primary texts, and a wider command of relevant secondary literature in preparation of the research essay and seminar presentation.


Exam 2 hours (40%) Tutorial presentation (500 words) and participation (20%) Research Essay (2,000 words) (40%)

Contact hours

One 90-minute lecture followed by a one-hour seminar