Martin S. Jaffee
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.
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. > > > > > >
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