Talmud - Davar Academy
Descriptions and credit recommendations for all evaluated learning experiences
Varies – self study.
May 2022 - Present.
Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: explain the dialogue in a given section of Talmud; analyze the goals of statements in the dialogue; analyze the premises underlying statements in Talmudic dialogue; demonstrate a broad and in-depth knowledge of the lawful and ethical concepts found in the Talmud and its classic medieval commentaries; apply analytical skills in to explain Talmudic interpretations; follow Talmudic argumentation leading to lawful conclusions and resolutions; analyze Rashi and Tosafos to explain the underlying assumptions and consequences of the legal principles implicit in the text; resolve apparent difficulties in the text according to the commentaries and explain the proofs of Talmudic exegesis of the Bible.
This course explores Talmudic texts, focusing on dialogue, concepts, and structure as well the derivation of Rabbinic and Torah law. In addition, the commentaries of Rashi and Tosafos are examined. A thorough analysis is undertaken to decipher how the commentaries have gone about interpreting the Talmudic text and dialogue and how they came to derive novel concepts and laws. Topics are drawn from the major tractates of the Babylonian Talmud. Each course in this series focuses on a particular tractate indicated by the unique course number ranging from 300 – 399.
In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Judaic Studies, Religious Studies, Talmudic Studies, or Philosophy (3/22).