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An Introduction to the Talmudic Argument

June 10, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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An event every week that begins at 12:00 pm on Wednesday, repeating until June 17, 2020



Six Wednesdays
May 6, 13, 27; June 3, 10, 17 (there will not be a class on May 20)
Noon to 1:00 p.m.

With Dr. Marcus Mordecai Schwartz, director, Matthew Eisenfeld and Sara Duker Beit Midrash; assistant professor, Talmud and Rabbinics, JTS

“Talmudic” is sometimes used as a pejorative term, meaning “obscure” or “overly complicated.” But the arguments found in the Talmud, although unfamiliar to many contemporary readers, have recognizable, coherent, and even elegant forms and structures. Before studying the Talmud, whether you will encounter it in translation or in the original, it’s therefore crucial to understand the components of a Talmudic dispute and how they fit together. In this class, you will learn how to recognize the elements of the classic argument structure and the most important technical terms that clue the reader in to an argument’s trajectory.

For this class, regular attendance and some preparation between classes is expected. This class is designed for those with a basic knowledge of Hebrew (the ability to read vocalized Hebrew and a vocabulary of at least 100 words) and of Judaism (primary Jewish education, a basic Judaism class, or reading an introduction to Judaism book). If you have questions about these prerequisites, please contact Lynn Feinman at lyfeinman@jtsa.edu.

Cost: $95

Registration is required.



June 10
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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