JUDAIC 260 - Introduction to the Talmud and the Rabbis
Section: 001
Term: FA 2017
Subject: Judaic Studies (JUDAIC)
Department: LSA Judaic Studies
Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
May not be repeated for credit.
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This course will introduce you to that great classic of Jewish culture, the Talmud. Part legal compendium, part ritual manual, part narrative anthology, the Talmud is an idiosyncratic, complex, profound and humorous meditation on many aspects of life including law, ritual, desire and God. Through an examination of the historical conditions of those who framed it and an in-depth introduction to its literary features, you will learn to analyze and read this ancient document produced in the first few centuries of the Common Era in Palestine and in Babylonia by the Jewish sages. In order to deepen our understanding of rabbinic culture, we will also study other important rabbinic sources such as the Mishnah and Midrash, as well as sources related to the Christian, Greco-Roman and Sasanian-Persian environments in which the rabbis lived.

Course Requirements:

Several short quizzes to consolidate the main points of the readings. Midterm and final exams. A book review plus a written analysis of a Talmudic Passage. Oral presentation of Talmudic analysis (i.e. precursor to written analysis).

Intended Audience:

This course is intended for undergraduates. It would appeal to students who are interested in the study of religion, history, literature and law.

Class Format:

The course will meet twice a week for 1.5 hours at a time.

JUDAIC 260 - Introduction to the Talmud and the Rabbis
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001 (LEC)
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
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ISBN: 9780881253726
From text tradition : a history of Second Temple and Rabbinic Judaism, Author: by Lawrence H. Schiffman., Publisher: Ktav Publishing House 1991
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