Scribes, Apostles and Sages: Early Jewish Biblical Exegesis (THE2163)

15 credits

This option module will introduce you to various collections of Jewish scriptures and writings from the Bible to the Talmud.  You will build on knowledge from the pre-requisite module THE1073, The Creation of a Nation in the Hebrew Bible.  Taking a combined chronological and thematic approach to the different sources to discuss examples of Jewish biblical interpretations, you will identify elements of change and continuity between each stage.  You will examine themes such as scribal activity, fallen angels and apostasy (rejection of personal religious beliefs). Sources include books of the Old and New Testaments, the Talmud, Dead Sea Scrolls and Midrash.