Intro to Rabbinic Literature

This course gives a general introduction to rabbinic literature including the Mishnah, Talmuds, and Midrash.

Course Description

This course is a reading-intensive, critical survey of the vast body of ancient texts commonly referred to as “Rabbinic Literature,” extending from the Second Temple Period, through the rise of Islam, into the Middle Ages. Students will acquire a healthy orientation to this literature essential for competent studies in rabbinics. The languages of the primary rabbinic sources are Hebrew and Aramaic, but the instructor will provide English translations of selections for students. Basic knowledge of the Hebrew alefbet and vocabulary is not required, but beneficial and highly recommended.


Please note, textbooks are NOT included but can be purchased online using the links below.
  1. Strack, H. L. and Stemberger, G., Introduction to the Talmud and Midrash, 2nd Edition (Augsburg/Fortress, 1992) (Buy Now)
  2. Fonrobert and Jaffee, eds., The Cambridge Companion to the Talmud and Rabbinic Literature (Cambridge Univ Press, 2007) (Buy Now)

Scholar Track

Get one-on-one instruction and guidance from instructor, Rob Vanhoff.

Take your online learning experience to the next level with our Scholar Track. Students who choose the Scholar Track option for this course will receive two, 30-minute, one-on-one sessions over Zoom, a review and grading of a paper, a certificate of completion, and the possibility of having their work published in the TR Learning Center.
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