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Talmud Survey: Yevamos (TAL212)
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 Yevamos; 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 taught in this course include: terumah, nichsei tzon barzel, how orphans split an inheritance, relationships that prevent a person from eating terumah, the status of a bas Kohen, marriages that prevent a woman from eating terumah, comparison of laws of arel and laws of mourning, circumcision and Pesach, laws of circumcision, tumtum and marriage, mitzvos performed at night, and laws that are specific to one mitzvah but not others like it. Topics and sources may vary. The course allows for a cross-section of different 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).