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
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STERN, DAVID M.