REL 289
The Talmud on What it Means to be Human Fall 2018
Division II
Cross-listed JWST 289 / REL 289
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The Talmud, a central text in Judaism, is one of the richest and most sophisticated works of literature and thought ever produced. In this course, students will be introduced to the challenges and thrills of reading the Talmud as they consider how the Talmud asks and answers the question of what it means to be human. We will be particularly interested in exploring how the Talmud envisions human difference and similarity in terms of humans’ relationships with animals and material things. In addition to learning how to read the Talmud, therefore, students will also be introduced to burgeoning interdisciplinary theories and methods (Posthumanism and New Materialism) for considering what it means to be human in a world of animals and things.
The Class: Type: tutorial
Limit: 10
Expected: 10
Class#: 1398
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: weekly papers, final paper
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the fifth course option
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: Religion majors, Jewish Studies students
Distributions: Division II
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
JWST 289 Division II REL 289 Division II

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