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Talmud Survey: Kesuvos (TAL213)
Classroom: 78 hours (13 weeks); Distance/Hybrid: Varies.
September 2020 - Present.
Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: dissect and explain classic Gemara structure; define concepts of Tractate Kesubos; identify the nature of a text, e.g., legal or supra-legal; identify primary and supplemental material through analysis of the Talmudic discussion; find the axiological concepts around which the discussion revolves through analysis of its structure; define and apply the concepts of Talmudic research; decipher Talmudic texts and their cryptic dialog; reconstruct the give-and-take that is the backbone of independent Talmud study. In contradistinction to study-in-depth courses, the focus of the Talmudic survey courses is broad, comprehensive study, which enables Talmudic students to access the concepts necessary to be conversant in a variety of areas of Talmudic discipline.
Major topics include withdrawing from a marriage contract, withdrawing from “fruit”, withdrawing from an inheritance, withdrawing from a partnership, withdrawing from a takanah, withdrawing from part of a kesuba, conditions in financial agreements, inheriting one’s wife’s property, inheriting or selling a burial plot, widows, orphans and creditors, collateral for a deceased man’s debt, a sold kesubah, forcing repayment of a loan, delayed get, delayed purchase, one who widows two women, kesubos benin zichrin, selling a kesuba, dividing the money when there’s not enough to pay all the kesubos, and dividing a business’s money. Topics and sources may vary. The course allows for a cross-section of different kinds of texts, giving the student a broad range of topics to which to apply numerous research techniques. Methods of instruction include lecture, discussion and textual preparations. Prerequisite: Introductory courses in Talmud, fundamental familiarity with the main topics of the tractate.
In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category OR in the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 6 semester hours in Talmud, Judaic Studies, Religious Studies or Theology (3/21).