JWST151 - GREAT BOOKS OF JUDAISM

This course will analyze and contextualize various perspectives of the Talmud towards important aspects of contemporary life. We will examine in-depth several Talmudic passages and explore the rich way how the Talmud mediates between conflicting perspectives on a range of issues: life and death; the status of the fetus in the mother's womb and abortion; Torah and mundane life; the value of money and monetary theory; environmental ethics and utilitarianism; love and sexuality; among others. We will historicize these traditions and analyze them in both their broader late antiquity and contemporary contexts. All texts will be read in the original but translations will be provided.
Section 401 - SEM
M 0600PM-0900PM
BERGMANN, ARI
Jewish Studies Program
711 Williams Hall, 255 S. 36th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305
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