Spring 2015

Reading the Rabbis

Listed in: Religion, as RELI-267

Formerly listed as: RELI-41

Moodle site: Course (Guest Accessible)


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.

Cost: $10 ?


Foreign culture taught in English


2015-16: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2007, Fall 2008, Spring 2012, Spring 2015