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Kamran Scot Aghaie, Chair CAL 528 | 204 W 21st St F9400 | Austin, TX 78712-1029 • 512-471-3881

Fall 2009

MES 320 • AGGADAH: LEGENDS OF THE JEWS

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
42370 TTh
3:30 PM-5:00 PM
CAL 200
BAR-ADON, A

Course Description

"Aggadah" (or Haggadah) is the portion of rabbinic teaching that is not defined as "Halakhah", or concerned with Jewish Law. The Aggadah is often an amplification of portions of the Bible which include narrative, history, legends, ethical teachings, and consolations and reproofs of the prophets. There is, however, a constant reciprocity between Aggadah and Halakhah, both of which being part of the oral law, although the sages stated that “no Halakhah may be derived from Aggadot”. Our main text will be the collection edited by H.N. Bialik “Sefer Ha-Aggadah”, or “The Book of Legends”, along with readings in the original texts in the Talmud and Midrashim. Texts will be read in Hebrew, but discussed in English.

Grading Policy

Assigned readings 25% Class discussion 25% Reports 25% Term paper 25%

Texts

Sefer Ha-Aggadah; Bialik, H.N., 1966 or later edition and The Book of Legends; Bialik, H.N., 1992 or later edition.

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