The Talmud, the compendium of law composed during the first six centuries of the common era, is a storehouse of Jewish thought and practice. This course will explore (in English translation) the business laws of the Talmud. We will investigate how the Talmud was created and edited and what are its main characteristics of logic and argumentation. The course will aim to familiarize the students with the Talmud as a literary form while at the same time demonstrating that many of the issues of business and ethics that occupied the sages centuries ago are relevant still today.
This three credit course will offer two additional credits (HEBR 490) to those students who come at an additional hour during the week to study the text in its original languages, Hebrew and Aramaic.
Student learning goals
This course will explore (in English translation) the laws concerning found articles. When may a person keep what he has found? When must he seek to return it to its owner? We will investigate how the Talmud was created and edited and what are its main literary characteristics.
General method of instruction
The method of instruction is lecture/discussion and reading of the talmudic text.
Assignments are to read one or two articles or chapters on the subject each week.
Class assignments and grading