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Advanced Talmudic Analysis (TAL401)
Classroom: 104 hours (13 weeks). Distance/Hybrid: Varies.
September 2020 - Present.
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to demonstrate broad substantive proficiency with the abstract concepts of the Talmud, analyze the content and structure of increasingly complex subtleties of Talmudic argumentation, apply abstract concepts to a variety of new situations of legal complexity, and support their positions with the clearly mapped thread of Talmudic logic, and present their own novel insights. Students will also demonstrate fluency in Aramaic, in independent Talmudic study and in tracing and reconstructing Talmudic legal dialogues.
Major topics taught in this course include: Explaining yibum, cases where yibum does not apply (arayos), the co-wife of an ervah, a co-wife’s co-wife, when yibum cannot be done immediately, a nidddah that falls to yibum, cases where being unable to do yibum also means no requirement of chalitza, cases where chalitza is still required, the prohibition to have marital relations with his daughter, the mitzvah of chalitza, a sotah and her tzara, the source for yibum not applying by arayos, a positive commandment overrides a negative commandment, smuchim, kalayim and tzitzit, prohibition on shaving and commandments to shave, a positive commandment against a negative commandment that contains kares, and honoring parents. This course requires students to master the concepts and assignments of advanced Talmudic research, display comprehension of all the commentaries treated in class and assigned for self-preparation and conceptualize the Talmudic texts and commentaries at an advanced level by way of preparation for the students’ presentations of their own, novel insights into the tractate. This is a generic, skill-based course and tractate and topics may vary. The above topics serve as an example of topics which would be covered if the study was centered on the tractate of Yevamos. Methods of instruction include lecture, discussion and textual preparations. Prerequisite: Three advanced courses in Talmud, fundamental familiarity with the laws dissected in the Tractate.
In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 8 semester hours in Talmud, Judaic Studies, Religious Studies or Theology (3/21).