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REL 289
The Talmud on What it Means to be Human Spring 2021
Division II
Cross-listed REL 289 / JWST 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 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.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 16
Expected: 8
Class#: 5577
Grading: no pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: 1-2 page weekly papers, final essay, participation
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:
REL 289 Division II JWST 289 Division II

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