Prof. Phil Lieberman & Dr. Yedida Eisenstat
15 teaching hours, equivalent to 2 ECTS

Phillip I. Lieberman is Associate Professor of Jewish Studies and Law, Associate Professor of Classical and Mediterranean Studies, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, and Affiliated Associate Professor of Islamic Studies and History, at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, USA. A social, economic, and legal historian of Jewish life in the medieval period in the lands of Islam, his 2014 book The Business of Identity: Jews, Muslims, and Economic Life in Medieval Egypt (Stanford University Press) was a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award. His current research examines and challenges the received wisdom regarding Jewish urbanization under early Islamic regimes and subsequent migration of Jews from Iraq to the Islamic Mediterranean.

Dr. Yedida Eisenstat is an adjunct assistant professor of Bible at the Jewish Theological Seminary and an affiliated fellow at Emory University’s Center for the Study of Law and Religion where she researches the role of law in Rashi’s Torah commentary. Prior to serving as an assistant professor in the Departmet of Religion at Colgate University, she taught at the Koschitzky Centre for Jewish Studies at York University. She holds a doctorate in the history of scriptural interpretation from JTS.

Prof. Phil Lieberman
Dr. Yedida Eisenstat

This course inductively introduces students to the study of the Talmud, the canon of rabbinic texts central to Rabbinic Judaism. Through the study of specific texts, students will become familiar both with the details of particular rabbinic debates—such as the biblical source(s) for prayer and the regulations surrounding the lighting of Hannukah lights—as well as more generally with modes of talmudic argumentation and logic. The course will also address questions of history, historical context, and textual development as they arise.