Course: Texts of Rabbinic Judaism

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Course title Texts of Rabbinic Judaism
Course code KBS/TRJ
Organizational form of instruction Seminar
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study not specified
Semester Summer
Number of ECTS credits 3
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course unspecified
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Tydlitátová Věra, Mgr. Th.D.
Course content
Reading of halakhic and agadic texts of Babylonian Talmud. Reading and interpretation will be performed in Czech language. Reading in Hebrew and Arameic original will be provided for interested students as well. 1) Overview of relevant literature and information sources. Brief history of Talmud and rabbinic literature. 2) Phenomen of written (hebr. she-bi-khtav) and oral (hebr. she-be-al pe) Torah, their distinction and mutual relation. Issue of writing down the oral Torah. 3) Talmud in the context of rabbinic literature and its status in the framework of Oral Torah. 4) Talmud - its structure and content. Babylonian Talmud, Jerusalem Talmud. Terms "mishnah", "gemarah" and their relation. 5) Thematic distinction of Talmudic texts. Halakhic and agadic texts and their specification. 6) Methods of rabbinic textual exegesis. Seven rules of Hilel. Thirteen rules of rabbi Jishma´el, thirty two rules of rabbi Eli´ezer. 7) Termstana´im, amora´im, savora´im a ge´onim. 8) Overview of rabbinic literature languages. Issue of Hebrew and Arameic presence in Gemarah. 9) Talmud as a source of historic information. 10) Basic characteristic of Talmudic way of thinking. 11) Overview of the most important commentaries on Babylonian Talmud. 12) Attacks against Talmud in history and its defence - Johannes Reuchlin.

Learning activities and teaching methods
Textual studies, Seminar
  • Contact hours - 39 hours per semester
  • Preparation for comprehensive test (10-40) - 39 hours per semester
professional knowledge
Course requires no special prior knowledge and skills.
learning outcomes
The students are able to: Use appropriate terminology. Identify main personalitites, works and intellectual schools in rabbinic literature. Introduce the intellectual development of rabbinic literature into context of its historical background. Distinguish basic structure of Talmud. Read Talmudic texts in Czech/English translation and interpret their meaning in discussion with others. Apply appropriate rabbinic exegetical rules in explanation of Talmudic texts and confront them with knowledge of contemporary religious studies and cultural anthropology.
teaching methods
Textual studies
assessment methods
Skills demonstration during seminar
Recommended literature
  • A dictionary of The Targumim.
  • Encyclopedia judaica version 1.0. New York : Judaica Multimedia, 1997. ISBN 965-07-0665-8.
  • Frank Yitzchak. Grammar for the Gemara. Jerusalem, 1992.
  • Neusner, J. Introduction to Rabbinic Literature. New York, 1994.
  • Neusner, Jacob. Invitation to the Talmud : a teaching book. Eugene : Wipf and Stock, 2003. ISBN 1-59244-1556.
  • Neusner, Jacob. Understanding the Talmud : a dialogic approach. Jersey City : KTAV, 2004. ISBN 0-88125-739-7.
  • Newman, Ja'akov; Sivan, Gavri'el; Nosek, Bedřich; Ziss, Daniel; Pavlát, Leo. Judaismus od A do Z : slovník pojmů a termínů. Praha : Sefer, 1992. ISBN 80-900895-3-4.
  • Nosek, Bedřich. Aramejština babylónského Talmudu : praktická gramatika. Praha : Karolinum, 2001. ISBN 80-246-0079-X.
  • Steinsaltz, A. The Essential Talmud. New Jersey, 1992.
  • Stemberger, Günter. Talmud a midraš : úvod do rabínské literatury. Praha : Vyšehrad, 1999. ISBN 80-7021-301-9.

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