HT-fall Syllabus

November 1st: Foundational Paradigms: Rabbi Akiva & Rabbi Ishmael

  • Chapter 2: Two Approaches to Torah Exegesis, 46-61

November 8th: Session 2: Temple, Shekhina, and Sacrifice

  • Chapter 4: The Tabernacle and the Sacrifices, 71-92
  • Chapter 5: The Abode of the Shekhinah, 93-103

November 15th: Prophecy

  • Chapter 23: Two Methods of Understanding “Thus Says the Lord,” 423-435
  • Chapter 26: Is the Prophet a Partner or a Vessel?, 478-497

November 22nd: Torah

  • Chapter 13: The Language of Torah, 239-256
  • Chapter 20: Torah from Heaven, 368-384

November 29th: “Torah from Heaven” – Minimalist & Maximalist Views

    • Chapter 30: The Maximalist and Minimalist Approaches, 552-587
  • Optional additional chapters:
  • Chapter 31: The Maximalist Approach to the Principle “Torah from Heaven,” 589-607
  • Chapter 32: The Minimalist Approach to the Principle “Torah from Heaven,” 610-638

December 6th: The “Unfinished” Torah

  • Chapter 34: It is Not in Heaven, 658-677