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Kathie Friedman
SISJE 490
Seattle Campus

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Class description

This course will be taught Spring Quarter 2003 by Hillel Gamoran.SISJE 490/HEBR 453 Introduction to Talmud Gamoran TTh 11:30 – 12:50 The Talmud, more than any other work, contains the basic teachings of Judaism. Composed during the first five centuries of the common era, the Talmud is a book of law. But it is much more; it is a book of logic and reason, of religion and ethics, of business and family relations. It deals with picayune matters and with profound issues. This course will explore the Talmudıs laws of caring for other peopleıs belongings. For example, what happens if you lose something you are keeping as a favor for a friend? What if a jacket which you gave to your tailor for repair is stolen? What if you borrow your neighborıs pet, and it dies while under your care? Such issues will occupy us as we turn the pages of the Talmud. We will study the historical conditions which prevailed at the time that the Talmud was written, how the Talmud was created and edited and what are its main literary characteristics.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

The text used in this three credit course will be an English translation of the Talmud. Two additional credits (HEBR 490) will be offered to those students who come an extra hour during the week to study the text in its original languages, Hebrew and Aramaic.

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

The text used in this three credit course will be an English translation of the Talmud. Two additional credits (HEBR 490) will be offered to those students who come an extra hour during the week to study the text in its original languages, Hebrew and Aramaic.


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: 12/19/2002