This course will focus on philosophical concepts and themes that arise from classical biblical
narratives. Through closely examining these topics, students will arrive at a deeper
understanding of text as well as achieve a greater appreciation of the relationship between
philosophy and Judaism. The narratives and passages that have been selected will allow us to
reflect on a variety of fascinating problems, such as the development of the human persona, the
ethical nature of divine command, asceticism and the religious value of pleasure, divine
intervention and theodicy. Seminars will be discussion-based with the intention of fostering
student’s analytical and critical thinking skills.