JWST257 - STUDIES IN RABBINIC LIT: RABBINIC NARRATIVE

Various topics.
Section 401 - SEM
Rabbinic literature-the works of Midrash, Mishnah, Tosefta and Talmuds-contains a large corpus of stories. In this course we will attempt to acquire a method or methods of reading rabbinic stories in-depth. To understand what rabbinic stories are, we will compare these stories to other story collections in the Ancient Near East-biblical stories, stories composed by Jews in the second temple period, and stories written in contemporaneous Christian and Greco-Roman societies. In addition to this comparative analysis, we will categorize rabbinic stories into different types of narratives, and make observations about the choice of characters in this literature-what the function of wonder workers, Gentiles, women, et. al is in rabbinic narrative. Perhaps most importantly, in examining the work of scholars who have written on rabbinic stories, we will highlight specific theories of literature that separate and distinguish different methods of reading rabbinic stories from one another.

T 1030AM-0130PM

STERN, DAVID

WILLIAMS HALL 844

Jewish Studies Program
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