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Flexible deadlines

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Reset deadlines in accordance to your schedule.
Hours to complete

Approx. 12 hours to complete

Suggested: 8 weeks of study, 1-2 hours/week...
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English, Romanian

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Hours to complete
2 hours to complete

Introducing the Talmud

The Talmud is a canonical work of Jewish literature that collects the ideas and arguments of rabbis who lived between the first and eighth centuries CE. This module explains the basics of how the Talmud was composed, why the Talmud matters and how it is accessed today. ...
Reading
5 videos (Total 33 min), 9 readings, 1 quiz
Video5 videos
Video 1 Why Study Talmud?5m
Video 2 Where Does the Talmud Come From?5m
Video 3 How the Talmud Works-An Overview6m
Video 4 The Talmud's Interpreters11m
Reading9 readings
Meet Your Professors10m
Grading & Logistics10m
Additional Resources10m
Special Thanks & Permissions10m
Full Glossary10m
Module 1 Glossary10m
Module 1 Rabbi Genealogy & Maps10m
Video 2 Texts & Translations10m
Video 3 Texts & Translations10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Module 1 Quiz12m
Week
2
Hours to complete
2 hours to complete

False Testimony From Bible to Rabbis

The Talmud relies heavily on the authority and substance of its canonical predecessor, the Hebrew Bible. This module charts a trajectory from the biblical origins of the treatment of false testimony in Deuteronomy through its treatment within the second temple apocryphal book Susannah and the early Rabbinic law code, the Mishnah. ...
Reading
4 videos (Total 31 min), 5 readings, 1 quiz
Video4 videos
Video 6 Evolution of Testimony Scenarios in Biblical, Second Temple and Rabbinic Literature8m
Video 7 Overview of Mishnah - What it is and how it works6m
Video 8 How Was the Mishnah Organized8m
Reading5 readings
Module 2 Glossary10m
Video 5 Text & Translations10m
Video 6 Texts & Translations10m
Video 7 Texts & Translations10m
Video 8 Texts & Translations10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Module 2 Quiz12m
Week
3
Hours to complete
1 hour to complete

Reading the Bible & Rabbinic Logic

Interpretation is a major component of Rabbinic literature and the Talmud. This module introduces the specific features of Rabbinic interpretation of the Hebrew Bible—its assumptions and its reading tools. ...
Reading
3 videos (Total 28 min), 4 readings, 1 quiz
Video3 videos
Video 10 Using Logic in Reading Critically7m
Video 11 Reading the Bible Like a Rabbi9m
Reading4 readings
Video 9 Texts & Translations10m
Module 3 Glossary10m
Video 10 Texts & Translations10m
Video 11 Texts & Translations10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Module 3 Quiz10m
Week
4
Hours to complete
1 hour to complete

Redaction & Textual Witnesses

Textual Criticism is a form of reading that looks to explain the meaning of a text by figuring out aspects of its composition history. This module will show how Talmudic passages are typically constructed and what scholars can do to figure out the original meaning of a text. ...
Reading
3 videos (Total 26 min), 4 readings, 1 quiz
Video3 videos
Video 13 How Loyally Were Materials Transmitted7m
Video 14 How Redactors Built a Talmudic Passage7m
Reading4 readings
Video12 Texts & Translations10m
Module 4 Glossary10m
Video 13 Texts & Translations10m
Video 14 Texts & Translations10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Module 4 Quiz8m
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Top Reviews

By KRJan 20th 2017

Best course I've experienced on Coursera so far! Really engaging and not 'dumbed down'. Fantastic and charismatic professor and assistant. Already recommended the course to many friends.

By BLJan 8th 2017

This course is both a traditional and non-traditional Talmud course. The non-traditional gives a historic prospective of the basis of Talmud with a modern view of its derivation.

Instructor

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Barry Scott Wimpfheimer

Associate Professor
Religious Studies

About Northwestern University

Northwestern University is a private research and teaching university with campuses in Evanston and Chicago, Illinois, and Doha, Qatar. Northwestern combines innovative teaching and pioneering research in a highly collaborative environment that transcends traditional academic boundaries. ...

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