Problems in Near Eastern Jewish History: Judaism after the Talmud

Subject associations
NES 545 / MED 545 / REL 548 / JDS 545
Term
Spring 2019
Instructors
Eve Krakowski
Registrar description

Most varieties of late ancient Judaism disappeared after late antiquity, leaving rabbinic Judaism challenged only by Karaism (a medieval anti-rabbinic movement). This course examines this shift, focusing especially on the role played by the Babylonian Talmud's canonization and circulation throughout the Near East. Students will learn to work with the medieval Jewish scholastic genres that developed around and against the Talmud (rabbinic responsa, commentaries, and digests, as well as Karaite exegesis), consider material evidence for these texts' production and consumption, and survey their historical contexts and parallels.