History of Judaism
Cod: 31057
Department: DCSG
Scientific area: History
Total working hours: 156
Total contact time: 15

The history of the Jewish people is completely interweaved within the culture and religion which form it and make it possible. This course unit introduces the vicissitudes of the Jews, from antiquity to their diaspora across the world, the confrontations in which they took part, and the attacks to which they fell victim, in the context of the history of Europe and of the Middle East. Judaism is at the centre of world history and, as such, an indispensable part of the contemporary cultural and religious dialogue.


• Evaluating the role of the cultural and religious components in the formation and the development of the history of a people and their importance in the formation of an identity
• Evaluating the impact of continuity and breaks in the religious and cultural life of the Jewish people
• Mastering specific concepts and terminology needed to understand the course unit themes/contents
• Establishing relationships among the studied contents

1. The Israeli people
2. Judaism
3. The government of the Wise
4. The guetto in diaspora
5. The emancipation

DÍAS-MAS, Paloma; DE LA PUENTE, Cristina – Judaísmo e Islam. Barcelona: Editorial Crítica, 2007.
DUMORTIER, Brigitte – Atlas de las religiones. Creencias, práticas y territórios. Ed. espanhola Barcelona: Icaria Editorial, 2003.
ERIKSEN, Trond Berg; HARKET, Håkon e LORENZ, Einhart – História do anti-semitismo da antiguidade aos nossos dias. Lisboa: Edições 70, 2010.
HAYOUN, Maurice-Ruben – O Judaísmo. In DELUMEAU, Jean dir., As Grandes Religiões do Mundo. Lisboa: Editorial Presença, 1997, p. 205-255.
JOHNSON, Paul - História dos Judeus, 2ª ed, Rio de Janeiro: Editorial Imago, 1995.
[Nota: existe disponível uma versão da obra em língua castelhana, editada em Barcelona pela Zeta Bolsillo em 2006].
JOSEFO, Flávio – A Guerra dos Judeus – História da Guerra entre Judeus e Romanos. 2ª ed. Lisboa: Edições Sílabo, 2013.
KUNG, Hans - El Judaismo. Pasado, Presente, Futuro. Madrid: Trotta, 2006.
LANGE, Nicholas - An Introduction to Judaism. Second Edition. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009.
[Nota: existe disponível uma versão da obra em língua castelhana, intitulada El judaísmo, publicada pela Akal em 2011].
PIKAZA IBARRONDO, Xabier; AYA, Abdelmumim coord. – Diccionario de las tres religiones (judaísmo, cristianismo, islam). Navarra: Verbo Divino, 2009.
SUÁREZ, Luis - Los Judíos. Barcelona: Editorial Ariel, 2006.
VÁZQUEZ BORAU, José Luís - As Religiões do Livro (Judaísmo, Cristianismo e Islamismo). Lisboa: Paulus Editora, 2009.


Continuous assessment is privileged: 2 or 3 digital written documents (e-folios) during the semester (40%) and a presence-based final exam (p-folio) in the end of the semester (60%). In due time, students can alternatively choose to perform one final presence-based exam (100%).

Students are required to have access to a computer with Internet connection and an e-mail address as well as to have computer literacy from the users' perspective.