HISTORY 269 - Introduction to the Talmud and the Rabbis
Winter 2021, Section 001
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  Online (see other Sections below)
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
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Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of department.
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.

Intended Audience:

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

Class Format:

Instruction/Learning Mode: This course will mostly be synchronous with the possibility of some asynchronous elements.

Platforms/Technology Used: This course will use Canvas and Zoom. Students should have access to a camera and microphone.


HISTORY 269 - Introduction to the Talmud and the Rabbis
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
Tu 3:00PM - 6:00PM

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