Intro to Rabbinic Literature – Class


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Rob Vanhoff, Instructor

3 Qrt Hrs

This course is a critical survey of the vast body of ancient texts commonly referred to as “Rabbinic Literature,” extending from the Second Temple Period, through the rise of Islam, into the Middle Ages. Students will acquire a healthy orientation to this literature essential for competent studies in rabbinics. The primary languages of this material are Hebrew and Aramaic, but the instructor will provide English translations of selections for students. Basic knowledge of the Hebrew alefbet and vocabulary is not required, but beneficial and highly recommended.

Course Requirements
  1. Forum participation
  2. Required Reading (This class is reading intensive)
  3. Mid-term exam
  4. Final Exam
Required Textbooks:

Introduction to Talmud and Midrash (2nd Edition), by Strack and Stemberger (translated from German by Bockmuehl)
The Cambridge Companion to the Talmud and Rabbinic Literature, edited by Fonrobert and Jaffee



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