REL3410 Rabbinic Texts & Traditions

Course Overview

Educational Level: Upper undergraduate, Bachelor
Credit Hours: 3 Credits
Instructor: Dr. Kevin O’Brien

Course Description:

A survey and overview of Rabbinic literature and the traditions that were shaped by them, in particular the Mishna and Talmud. Students will explore the ways in which these texts and traditions were both a reflection of and a reaction to the changes and challenges faced by the rabbis in the first, second and third centuries, beginning with the destruction of the Second Temple in 70ad, coinciding with the growth of the early church, through the Patristic Age. Select passages of the texts will be read and discussed, contextualized in a manner designed to help Missional University students understand, apprehend and appreciate the distinctives of the Jewish religion that developed in light of the Christian faith.

How This Course Benefits Students:

In addition to the foundational texts of JudaismTorah, Prophets and Writings (TaNaKh) of the Hebrew Biblethere are also supplemental sacred texts that are authoritative in the history, life, faith, practice and identity that defines the Jewish religion. Students familiar with the Rabbinic texts will better understand Jewish identity formation but also gain opportunities to engage the Jewish community within their knowledge and value structure.

Why This Course Is Important:

This course familiarizes learners with important sources of authority for contemporary Judaism.