RELS027 - GREAT BOOKS OF JUDAISM

The Babylonian Talmud (Bavli), a product reflecting the collaborative effort ofgenerations of sages, is the foundational legal and ethical document of rabbinic Judaism. Both the methods of interpreting this text --and their theoretical frameworks have varied dramatically, evolving creatively throughout the generations. In the past century, theories of how to read the Talmud and hypotheses about its formation and redaction have opened up new avenues for understanding what the text says and, more importantly, how it works. Through in-depth examination of demonstrative legal passages, this course will contrast the insights generated by the major critical schools of the past century and with the interpretations of selected medieval scholars, the Rishonim. English translations will be provided alongside the original texts. Previous study of the Talmud is helpful.
Section 401 - SEM
R 0600PM-0900PM
BERGMANN, ARI
WILLIAMS HALL 305