Modern Jewish Ethics in Historical Perspective
Special Topic: Food and Judaism
Winter 2012–13, Term 2
Instructor: Dr. Gregg E. Gardner, [email protected]
Research Topic, Question, and Bibliography: Due March 1
1. Choose a topic
Choose a topic related to Jewish food or Jewish food laws. Some suggestions include:
o Laws related to specific animals or foods (pigs, chicken, fish, wine, olives, bread, etc.)
o laws related to eating with Gentiles
o Foods associated with a specific holiday (Passover, Purim, Hanukah, the Sabbath, etc.)
o Jewish cultural foods such as bagels, deli, etc.
o You may choose to trace the evolution of a food law from the Hebrew Bible through
Hellenistic Jewish literature and classical rabbinic literature.
o Students are also strongly encouraged to formulate their own topic. In this case, please
discuss the possible topic with the instructor by February 15.
For more ideas, please consult:
o Kraemer, Jewish Eating
o Segal, Introducing Judaism
o Gil Marks, Encyclopedia of Jewish Food, 2010 (KoernendLibrary Reference Section)
o Berlin, Oxford Dictionary of the Jewish Religion (2 edition)
2. Formulate a Research Question
Based on the discussion of research topics and questions in Wayne C. Booth, et al. The Craft of
Research, 3 edition, 2008, chapter 3 (= pp. 35–50; this book is available in hard copy at
multiple UBC libraries and as an e-book through the library’s web site), please formulate a
research question for your independent research project.
3. Annotated Bibliography
Write an annotated bibliography of relevant, reliable, and recent (since 1985) works that you
believe will help you answer your research question. Your annotated bibliography must include
all of the following:
a. At least 2 entries from the dictionaries and encyclopedias listed below.
b. At least 3 articles from the journals and listed below or 1 article and 1 monograph. To
find articles relevant to your topic, you should follow the references given in the
encyclopedia and dictionary entries, Kraemer’s Jewish Eating, and/or search the
i. ATLA Religion Database with ATLASerials (accessed through the UBC
Library website using your CWL or library bar code).
ii. RAMBI: The Index of Articles in Jewish Studies (http://jnul.huji.ac.il/rambi/ -
click on “Rambi Web.” You may then need to click on “English” in the upper
left corner). 2
** Please note: Wikipedia, Google, and even Google Scholar, will often lead
you to articles and books that are not considered scholarly and, thus, inadequate
for this class.
c. Tertiary sources (e.g. newspapers, magazines, blogs, and textbooks such as Segal’s
Introducing Judaism) and works that do not have a print version do not count towards
d. You may use Kraemer’s Jewish Eating for your research project, but it cannot count
towards your annotated bibliography totals.
e. Book reviews do not count as articles.
f. Use proper bibliographic format, according to Chicago/Turabian:
g. The student’s own annotations must accompany each entry. An annotation, for our
purposes, summarizes the content of the article or book and describes its relevance to
the research project. The annotations should be no longer than two sentences each and
follow the publication details either in square brackets or on a new line. For example,
an item for a project that seeks to understand how modern scholars identify “the
archaeology of King Solomon” might include:
Herr, Larry G. “Archaeological Sources for the History of Palestine: The
Iron Age II Period: Emerging Nations,” Biblical Archaeologist 60 (1997):
This article surveys the material culture of Palestine from the tenth to mid-
sixth centuries B.C.E. and provides context