ACABS 270 - Introduction to Rabbinic Literature
Section: 001
Term: WN 2010
Subject: Ancient Civilizations and Biblical Studies (ACABS)
Department: LSA Middle East Studies
Requirements & Distribution:
Credit Exclusions:
No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in HJCS 470/JUDAIC 470 or HJCS 570/ACABS 570/JUDAIC 570.
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Other Course Info:
Taught in English.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

In this course, we will explore the history and substance of rabbinic writing on three levels. First, we will talk about the rabbinic literary enterprise within the broad cultural, historical and religious context of the Roman and Byzantine eras. Second, we will examine the many genres of rabbinic literature and literature and consider the sages — the elite group of Jewish intellectuals who created this corpus. Finally, we will trace the way in which subsequent generations have gradually shaped these texts to their current format and endowed them with their exalted status. The course will combine lectures and reading sessions of rabbinic texts (all material will be provided in English translation). Grades will be based on participation, a short and long paper, midterm, and a final.

ACABS 270 - Introduction to Rabbinic Literature
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
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Coursepack Location:
Both text book have multiple editions; do not purchase an edition earlier than the one cited here (later editions are fine)
ISBN: 78-0-465-0282
The Essential Talmud, Author: Adin Steinsaltz, Publisher: Basic Books 2006
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 0800625242
Introduction to the Talmud and Midrash, Author: by H.L. Strack and G. Stemberger ; translated by Markus Bockmuehl ; foreword by Jacob Neusner., Publisher: Fortress Press 1st Fortre 1992
Other Textbook Editions OK.
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