Fall 2021 Schedule / Science & Philosophy / READING THE RABBIS
Coordinators: Paul Golomb, Bob Reiss
The Talmud is the opus magnum of Judaism as we understand it today. It is a massive work – over 2700 folio pages – representing more than 600 years of comprehensive Jewish thought. The course will introduce the world of Talmud and engage in a close reading of selected texts on such topics as authority, women, the land of Israel, and Jewish relations with non-Jews, particularly Christians.
The topics for the final four sessions are tentative and subject to change according to the interests of the class.
Fall 2021 Class Schedule
What is Talmud? Who are "the Rabbis?" What is Oral Torah?
Written versus Oral Torah: A Case Study
And God Created Woman - What Happened in the Garden?
Jews and Pagans - The Noahide Commandments
Jews and Christians - R. Meir and Elisha ben Abuya
Who's in Charge - R. Eliezer and the Oven