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Reading the Rabbis

Listed in: Religion, as RELI-267

Formerly listed as: RELI-41

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Faculty

Susan Niditch (Section 01)

Description

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.

Fall semester.  Professor Niditch.

Keywords

Attention to Speaking, Attention to Writing, Transnational or World Cultures Taught in English

Offerings

2017-18: Offered in Fall 2017
Other years: Offered in Fall 2007, Fall 2008, Spring 2012, Spring 2015, Fall 2016