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Winter 2012 Class Descriptions

As of 5/25/2018 5:36:38 AM

Rabbinics/Ancient Jewish Law

Ancient Jewish Law, History, Religion

This course provides an opportunity to study Jewish legal, ritual and

narrative texts produced in the first sixth centuries of the Common

Era in Palestine and Babylonia. We will focus on classical rabbinic

legal texts including the Mishnah and the Talmud. Our study will not

only address their legal contents and contexts, but also

their literary and formal features and their value as historical

sources. As such we will pay some attention to the Greco-Roman,

Christian, Persian and Zoroastrian contexts in which the rabbis

created Jewish law, lore and ritual, reading selections from the New

Testament and the writings of the Early Church Fathers, as well as

Zoroastrian religious law.

3.00 hours