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Martin S. Jaffee
Seattle Campus

Law in Judaic Experience

Place and function of law in Jewish social and personal experience. Discusses the various ideological justifications of the law in biblical and rabbinic literature, examines representative texts, and explores theological reflection on law by medieval and modern thinkers. Recommended: RELIG 201; RELIG 210; RELIG 400 or RELIG 405.

Class description

A study of the complementary roles of legal tradition and narrative/myth in shaping the cultures of Judaism. The course places Jewish legal and cultural history against the bacground of the Ancient Middle East and Biblical Israel, but focuses on the classical period of rabbinic judaism, ca. 200 CE-600CE

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

lecture and small discusssion, including student-led sections. > > > > > >

Recommended preparation

RELIG 210 and/or SISJE 250

Class assignments and grading

General Nature of Assignments:seminar presentations and term writing projects.

contribution to class, clarity of writing

The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Loryn Hazan Paxton
Date: 10/14/2005