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Spring 2018-2019
* JDS 202 / REL 202 (HA)   No Audit

Great Books of the Jewish Tradition

Ra'anan S. Boustan

This course is intended to introduce students to the classical Jewish tradition through a close reading of portions of some of its great books, including the Hebrew Bible, the Midrash, the Talmud, the Passover Haggadah, Maimonides's Guide for the Perplexed, the Zohar, and Spinoza's Theological-Political Treatise. We will pay particular attention to the role of interpretation in forming Jewish tradition.

Sample reading list:
The Bible
Babylonian Talmud
The Zohar
Barry Holtz, Back to the Sources

Reading/Writing assignments:
Reading assignments consist of primary texts with a minimum of secondary sources necessary to provde context. Assignments are not lengthy, but the primary sources demand careful reading. Course requirements consist of class participation, 2 short papers, and a final paper.

Requirements/Grading:
Papers - 50%
Term Paper(s) - 40%
Class/Precept Participation - 10%

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
40900 C01 11:00:00 am - 12:20:00 pm M W        Enrolled:6 Limit:20