Prof. Avigdor Shinan
24 teaching hours, equivalent to 3 ECTS
Avigdor Shinan was born in Prague 1946 and arrived to Israel in 1949. His academic studies (BA, PhD) were at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where he has taught since 1972 at the Department of Hebrew Literature (full professor since 1998 until his retirement in 2014). His fields of research are the Midrashic and Aggadic literature, the Aramaic Translations of the Bible and the Jewish Prayer book. His list of publication contains more than 150 scholarly articles and 12 books.
This course aims at introducing the students to the rich and variegated post-biblical Jewish literature: The Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha, Jewish-Hellenistic literature, the Dead Sea scrolls, mainly and foremost the literature of the Rabbis (Aggadah, Midrash and liturgy). In the first week some of the texts studied with Prof. Zakovitch will be re-read in light of their post-biblical interpretations. (The combination of the two teachers aims at showing the continuity from pre-biblical traditions to late rabbinical traditions.) The second week will be devoted mainly to rabbinic texts not related to the bible, such as stories about the rabbis, folk stories, moral instructions, prayers etc.