Spring 2012

Reading the Rabbis

Listed in: Religion, as RELI-267

Formerly listed as: RELI-41


Susan Niditch (Section 01)


We will explore Rabbinic world-views through the close reading of halakic (i.e., legal) and aggadic (i.e., non-legal) texts from the Midrashim (the Rabbis’ explanations, reformulations, and elaborations of Scripture) the Mishnah, and the Talmud. Employing an interdisciplinary methodology, which draws upon the tools of folklorists, anthropologists, students of comparative literature, and students of religion, we will examine diverse subjects of concern to the Rabbis ranging from human sexuality to the nature of creation, from ritual purity to the problem of unjust suffering. Topics covered will vary from year to year depending upon the texts chosen for reading.

Spring semester.  Professor Niditch.

RELI 267 - L/D

Section 01
Tu 11:30 AM - 12:50 PM CHAP 205
Th 11:30 AM - 12:50 PM CHAP 205

ISBN Title Publisher Author(s) Comment Book Store Price
Back to Sources Barry Holtz Amherst Books TBD
The Meanings of Death in Rabbinic Judaism David Kraemer Amherst Books TBD
Introduction to the Talmud Moses Mielziner Amherst Books TBD
There We Sat Down Jacob Neusner Amherst Books TBD
Introduction to the Talmud and Midrash Hermann Strack Amherst Books TBD
New Revised Standard Version of the Bible Meeks Amherst Books TBD

These books are available locally at Amherst Books.


2024-25: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2007, Fall 2008, Spring 2012, Spring 2015, Fall 2016, Fall 2017, Spring 2020