HB6/707 – How Jews Read the Bible: Introduction to Rabbinic Midrash
View outline (PDF) Instructor(s): Rabbi Dr. Laura Duhan Kaplan
Midrash is a Hebrew word for “Biblical interpretation.” Over the centuries, Jewish interpreters have used close reading, Hebrew wordplay, and generous imagination to recover legends, address theological questions, define ritual practices, and adapt to social trends while preserving historical continuity. Through our study of midrash, we will expand our understanding of Hebrew Bible’s complexity, spirituality, and homiletic potential. We will touch on halachic (practical) midrash, but will focus on aggadic (narrative) midrash.
This course is available via Adobe Connect for off-site students
Prerequisite: HB500 – Introduction to Hebrew Bible I