BIBL1160M: WOMEN IN THE BIBLE AND RABBINIC LITERATURE - Fall 2021
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The aim of this course is to analyze the lives and spiritual accomplishments of several women in Humash and Nakh. We will examine these great figures as individuals acting within the historical moment and as role models for future generations. This will be achieved through a very close study of the Peshat and a comprehensive analysis of the traditional Rabbinic literature ranging from the earliest extant Midrashim to later Parshanim. The different commentaries will be studied comparatively to discern the various approaches to Biblical exegesis in general and to the roles and contributions of women in particular. We will study Miriam, Bnot Zelaphad, Devorah, Yael, Chana, Avigayil, and Huldah. We will also discuss Hava, The Imahot, Ruth, and Esther, as they relate to the women we are studying in depth.
Rabinovich, Smadar. (2021, Fall), Syllabus, Humash and Nakh, Stern College for Women, Yeshiva University.