Are you a PhD student thinking about life outside of academia? Do you want to explore alternative career ideas? On Saturday, May 7th, The University of Pennsylvania's Department of Religious Studies presents, "Alternative Careers for PhDs in the Humanities & Social Sciences" from 3:00-5:30PM in the Cohen Hall Terrace room. This 3 paneled presentation will include two PhDs who have chosen a non-teaching career path in areas of curatorship, foundations, and consulting & writing: Curatorship: Dr. Catharine Allgor (The Huntington) & Dr. Beth Citron (The Rubin Museum) Foundations: Dr. Nadina Gardner (The National Endowment for the Humanities) & Dr. John Paul Christy (The American Council of Learned Societies) Consulting & Writing: Dr. Jason Wilson (The Guardian) & Dr. David Engel (Wells Fargo Advisors) RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org Questions: 215-898-7453
RELS226 - STUDIES IN RABBINIC LIT: THE AKEIDAH IN MIDRASH
THE AKEIDAH IN MIDRASH AND IN MEDIEVAL JEWISH BIBLICAL COMMENTARIES The story of the Akeidah (Gen. 22) is one of the most significant and problematic texts in traditional Jewish literature. In this course, we will trace the history of the interpretation of this text in classical Jewish literature, from early post-Biblical interpretations found among the Dead Sea Scrolls, through Rabbinic midrash, and into the various medieval commentators--Rashi, Rashbam, Ibn Ezra, Radak, Ramban, and still others. While the focus of the course will be on the Akeidah, we will also use this text as a test-case to study the history of how Jews read, and why the interpretations of this story differ so radically. Attention will also be paid to contemporary Christian and Islamic interpretations. All texts will be read in the original Hebrew, and students should be able to read unpointed Hebrew texts, but no other previous experience in reading these texts is necessary.
Section 401 - SEM
STERN, DAVID M.