R502 Early Rabbinic Judaism 2 (MJS & MRS)
Prerequisite: R501 Early Rabbinic Judaism 1
This course builds on R501, exploring the textual and cultural development of Rabbinic Judaism in its two centers: the Land of Israel and Babylonia. We introduce the Jerusalem Talmud (Yerushalmi) and the somewhat later Babylonian Talmud (Bavli), comparing their development, structure, content, and modes of halakhic analysis. We also compare cultural characteristics of the network of rabbis in the Land of Israel and the rabbinic class in Babylonia.