R502 Early Rabbinic Judaism 2

Instructor:  Rav Carl Kinbar
Location: Populi (https://mjti.populiweb.com)
Dates: January 3 – March 7

COURSE DESCRIPTION
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.

RELATIONSHIP TO THE CURRICULUM
This is a Core Course for the Jewish Studies and Rabbinic Studies programs.

RELEVANCE
Those who study the Babylonian Talmud (and to a lesser extent the Yerushalmi) gain a deeper appreciation for the rationality and importance of halakhic development and practice. They are also better equipped to weave rabbinic thought and methods with Messianic perspectives in a coherent Messianic Jewish way of life.

PREREQUISITE
Completion of R501 – Early Rabbinic Judaism 1, or permission from the instructor.

TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS
This is a live, online course. The student must have a computer and reliable internet access.

COURSE FORMAT
Audiovisual teaching and live online Zoom sessions.

REQUIREMENTS
Complete the required reading, audiovisual material, and study assignments for each session; write a mid-term and a final paper.

REQUIRED TEXTS (THE PUBLICATION DATES INDICATE THE REQUIRED EDITION OF EACH TEXT.)

  • Rubenstein, Jeffrey L. Culture of the Babylonian Talmud. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins, 2005.
  • Steinsaltz, Adin. Koren Talmud Bavli, Vol.1: Berakhot, Hebrew/English. Jerusalem: Koren Publishers, 2012 (Any size is acceptable; a PDF is available from the publisher for $10).
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