MIDEAST 242 - Rabbis: Literature and Culture
Fall 2020, Section 001
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  Online (see other Sections below)
Subject: Middle East Studies (MIDEAST)
Department: LSA Middle East Studies
See additional student enrollment and course instructor information to guide you in your decision making.

Details

Credits:
3
Requirements & Distribution:
HU
Other:
WorldLit
Credit Exclusions:
No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in HJCS 470 or JUDAIC 470 or HJCS 570 or ACABS 570 or JUDAIC 570.
Waitlist Capacity:
99
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Description

The writings that comprise rabbinic literature are considered by many to be masterpieces of the ancient world. Some consider the Talmud (the primary text in the rabbinic corpus) to be the single most influential document in the history of Judaism. This course will explore the history and substance of these writings on three levels. First, we will situate the rabbinic literary enterprise within a broader cultural, historical and religious context. Second, we will examine the various genres that constitute rabbinic literature and get acquainted with the sages, an elite group of Jewish intellectuals, who created this corpus during the Roman and Byzantine periods. Finally, we will trace the way subsequent generations gradually shaped these texts to their current format and endowed them with their exalted status.

Course Requirements:

Preparation of texts for weekly discussions; Class presentation of final project; Mid-term and final

Intended Audience:

Undergraduate students of all level; no knowledge of languages beyond English is needed

Class Format:

Lecture with discussions. As a DC (Distance due to COVID) course, all aspects of this course will be fully compatible with remote online learning. Students will need to be available for virtual class meetings on Thursdays 4-6pm.

Schedule

MIDEAST 242 - Rabbis: Literature and Culture
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 Online
33633
Open
12
 
-
Th 4:00PM - 7:00PM

Textbooks/Other Materials

The partner U-M / Barnes & Noble Education textbook website is the official way for U-M students to view their upcoming textbook or course material needs, whether they choose to buy from Barnes & Noble Education or not. Students also can view a customized list of their specific textbook needs by clicking a "View/Buy Textbooks" link in their course schedule in Wolverine Access.

Click the button below to view and buy textbooks for MIDEAST 242.001

View/Buy Textbooks

Syllabi

Syllabi are available to current LSA students. IMPORTANT: These syllabi are provided to give students a general idea about the courses, as offered by LSA departments and programs in prior academic terms. The syllabi do not necessarily reflect the assignments, sequence of course materials, and/or course expectations that the faculty and departments/programs have for these same courses in the current and/or future terms.

Click the button below to view historical syllabi for MIDEAST 242 (UM login required)

View Historical Syllabi

CourseProfile (Atlas)

The Atlas system, developed by the Center for Academic Innovation, provides additional information about: course enrollments; academic terms and instructors; student academic profiles (school/college, majors), and previous, concurrent, and subsequent course enrollments.

CourseProfile (Atlas)