Vancouver School of Theology

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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

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HB500—Introduction to the Hebrew Bible

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