Jewish Studies | Arts & Humanities Topics in JS--Understanding the Rabbinic Mind
J303 | 22190 | Imhoff, S.

JSTU-J 303 Arts & Humanities Topics in Jewish Studies (3 cr.) Sarah
Topic: Understanding the Rabbinic Mind
M 4:00-6:00 p.m. #22190; Student Building 140
(15 seats have been reserved for Jewish Studies students under a
separate course number. Email: to reserve a
Joint-listed with REL-A 300

When we read Jewish texts from the early common era, we might easily
think: What were these rabbis thinking? This class will provide an
introduction to rabbinic literature in general and, in particular,
seek to understand how the rabbis interpreted the Bible, created
laws, and told stories. How do the rabbis create seemingly bizarre
interpretations of what look like straightforward biblical verses?
Why do the rabbis put together two biblical verses that seem
unrelated and then tell a story that connects those verses? Did the
rabbis really believe the stories they told? We will also consider
contemporary questions about rabbinic literature. Why have modern
literary scholars begun to look at rabbinic literature? Can rabbinic
literature speak to modern concerns about language and its ability
to communicate fully?

Fulfills: Jewish Studies Religion & Thought course; A&H. If not used
for JS major or certificate, may be used as one of two 300 level
courses required for minor in (Biblical) Hebrew when student will be
taking 4 semesters of Biblical Hebrew.

Note: JSTU-J 203, JSTU-J 204, JSTU-J 303 and JSTU-J 304 can each be
repeated with different topics for a maximum of 9 credit hours.