Selected early Jewish and rabbinical texts are studied. We focus on
texts from the Dead Sea Scrolls, Mishnah, Tosefta, Midrashim, and the
Babylonian as well as the Palestinian Talmud. Early principles for text
interpretation such as pesher, midrash, pardes, florilegia, are in focus
which involves analysis of texts in which these text interpretation
principles are used.
The course provides you with the knowledge and
tools needed to carry out a critical study of these texts and guides you
in the explanation and analysis of selected pericopes.
The course also
touches on the importance of knowledge of these principles of
interpretation for the understanding of exegesis of the Hebrew Bible and
the New Testament as well as for Jewish-Christian relations.