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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 theorizes and prescribes a certain type of bodily self in its rereading of the Biblical laws of purity and impurity. In addition to learning how to read the Talmud, therefore, students will also be introduced to burgeoning interdisciplinary questions regarding the self and its making.
Grading: no pass/fail option,
yes fifth course option
1-2 page weekly papers, final essay, participation
Religion majors, Jewish Studies students
This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit: