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Topics in Rabbinic Judaism: Introduction to Early Rabbinic Literature and Hermeneutics

The goals of this course are to familiarize students with: 1.) the basic contours of the corpus of early rabbinic writings (e.g., the Mishna, Tosefta, early halakhic midrashim, etc., up to the Babylonian Talmud); 2.) the styles and types of early rabbinic interpretation utilized by these texts; and 3.) some current issues raised by scholars for properly assessing these texts in their historical context and in modern study. The seminar is intended to be a general introduction to early rabbinic literature and thought.


Unit(s): 3.0 Level(s): Graduate Term(s): Offered?: No Language?: No

Daniel Machiela

Associate Professor | Chair of the Department of Religious Studies