Dr. Yeshaya Gruber
Professor of Jewish History and Culture
The Bible consists of ancient texts, and the interpretive methods used to explain it are diverse and can be very complicated. We take the first verse of the Bible and explore how differently it can be understood. This course offers a brief survey of approaches and styles of Jewish commentators of biblical texts throughout history. The lectures offer an overview of prominent thinkers from ancient times to the present, including Philo, early rabbinic Midrashim, the Aramaic Targum, Rashi, Maimonides, Rabbi Soloveitchik, and many more. Interspersed with humorous observations about the nature and challenges of interpretation, this course is a must for anyone who wants to understand the ways of Jewish thinking about God's words a little better.
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