Course Information

for Tanakh Department

 

Introduction to Chumash and Neviim Rishonim (TN3101)

Credits:3

A two-semeter sequence surveying Chumash, Nevi’im, and Ketuvim. The two semesters may be taken independently. The courses will study the content and structure of biblical books with commonly used Jewish commentaries in English, and will provide an overview of critical methods, major literary theories, and important archeological research that has bearing on biblical studies.

Introduction to Neviim Acharonim and Ketuvim (TN3102)

Credits:3

Continuation of TN 3101.

Chumash with Rashi and Mikraot Gedolot (TN3201)

Credits:3

Study of the Torah text through Judaism’s most fundamental commentator and later classic medieval scholars. Prerequisite: Hebrew I or equivalent.

Chumash with Hasidic Masters (TN3202)

Credits:3

Introduction to the spiritual approaches to the Torah developed by Hasidic masters, analyzing the fundamental concepts they have used to interpret Torah. Original texts will be selected by the instructor; translations will be available. No prerequisite.

Chumash with 18th-20th Century Commentaries (TN3203)

Credits:3

Study of the Torah text with recent commentators selected from such outstanding figures as Samson Rafael Hirsch, the Malbim, Dovid Tzvi Hoffman, and the Torah Temimah. Prerequisite: Hebrew 2001 or equivalent.

Direct Tanakh (TN3210)

Credits:3

A thematic introduction to Tanakh designed to help the student make connections among various biblical books, figures, and teachings, and to identify significant patterns. Prerequisite: Hebrew I or permission of instructor.

Topics in Nevi'im Rishonim (TN3221)

Credits:3

Selected readings from the early prophets (Joshua through Kings), using collections of narratives or recurring themes. Emphasis on improving Hebrew translation and textual understanding. Course title may vary with selections. Prerequisite: Hebrew 2001 or equivalent.

Megillot (TN3260)

Credits:3

An examination of the five Megillot or Scrolls (Kohelet, Esther, Shir HaShirim, Ruth, Eichah) which are read on special occasions in the liturgical year. Emphasis will be on the general structure of each book, with close reading and midrashic interpretations of selected portions.

The Wisdom Books: Issues of Meaning (TN3270)

Credits:3

Study of the books of Job and Kohelet (Ecclesiastes), challenging texts which have become classic explorations of the human search for meaning in an apparently meaningless world. Topics addressed include the purpose of life, the injustice that pervades human experience, and the meaning of suffering.

Tehillim (TN3370)

Credits:3

An intensive study of the Psalms as expressions of the struggles of faith. The course will involve reading, writing, interpreting, commenting on and singing Psalms. Content will include review of Psalm sets, such as Pesukei DeZimrah, Hallel, and Tikkun Hatzot; special attention will be given to daily reading of Psalms, as well as Psalms of specific occasions, holidays and situations.

Nevi'im Acharonim: Jeremiah and Ezekiel (TN3422)

Credits:3

Selected readings from the books of Jeremiah and Ezekiel in the context of their own times and from the perspectives of later interpretation.

Nevi'im Acharonim: Isaiah and the Twelve (TN3423)

Credits:3

Selected readings from the book of Isaiah and the Twelve Prophets in the context of their own time and from the perspectives of later interpretation.

Shir HaShirim (TN3440)

Credits:3

Struggles of love as expressed in the 117 verses of King Solomon's Song of Songs, with emphasis on correct reading and translation, and various levels of exegesis, including secular, rabbinic, and spiritual.

Advanced Topics in Tanakh (TN3495)

Credits:3

Topics of interest such as advanced parshanut, biblical archeology, biblical theology, or close study of specific themes.

Advanced Topics in Tanakh (TN3496)

Credits:3

Topics of interest such as advanced parshanut, biblical archeology, biblical theology, or close study of specific themes.

Advanced Topics in Tanakh (TN3497)

Credits:3

Topics of interest such as advanced parshanut, biblical archeology, biblical theology, or close study of specific themes.

Advanced Topics in Tanakh (TN3498)

Credits:3

Topics of interest such as advanced parshanut, biblical archeology, biblical theology, or close study of specific themes.

Advanced Topics in Tanakh (TN3499)

Credits:3

Topics of interest such as advanced parshanut, biblical archeology, biblical theology, or close study of specific themes.

Independent Studies in Tanakh (TN4000)

Credits:3

Advanced topics in specialized areas designed for individual study.