Prof. Ishay Rosen-Zvi
15 teaching hours, equivalent to 2 ECTS
Professor Ishay Rosen-Zvi teaches rabbinic literature in the department of Jewish Philosophy and Talmud at Tel-Aviv University. In 2013 he was elected to the Israel Young Academy of Sciences. He has written on Midrash and Mishnah, as well as on issues of self-formation and collective identity in Second-Temple Judaism and rabbinic literature. Among his publications are: Demonic Desires: YETZER HARA and the Problem of Evil in Late Antiquity (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2011); The Mishnaic Sotah Ritual: Temple Gender and Midrash (Brill, 2012). Goy: Israel’s Others and the Birth of the Gentile (together with Adi Ophir; OUP, 2018).
The course will focus on various issues, legal and aggadic, discussed in the Tannaitic Midrash. It will also show how Midrash interprets scripture. Through a series of case studies it shall try to answer the old riddle of Midrash, i.e. in what sense is it at all an exegetical work? The proposed case study will be the Mekhilta de Rabbi Ishmael on the book of Exodus, mainly due to the superb bilingual edition which exist to this Midrash (ed. Lauterbach, 1933).