HEBREW 159 - Studies in the Babylonian Talmud: Parents and Children

What obligations do children have to their parents? Parents to their children? In this course, we will study legal and narrative passages about these questions, which will provide a window into rabbinic thinking about how the parent-child relationship fits into an ideal way of communicating values and maintaining a culture. This course will also serve as a methodological introduction to the academic study of the Babylonian Talmud. Secondary readings will be primarily focused on academic tools such as source criticism, social history, critical gender studies, and literary theory, as scholars have applied these tools to the Babylonian Talmud. We will also explore how traditional commentators can help raise critical questions about the text. Recommended preparation: One year of intensive Talmud study or permission of the instructor. Course site: https://locator.tlt.harvard.edu/course/colgsas-207795/2018/fall/19392
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