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Jewish Studies Winter 2023

Jewish Studies Winter 2023

Winter 2023 Online Jewish Studies Courses
Seminar Format, Janaury 8-12, 2023

Learn together in real time with Spertus Institute faculty members and your fellow students as you move forward in your program

These courses fulfill requirements for students enrolled in Spertus Institute’s Jewish Studies MA and Doctoral programs. 

Contact Spertus Institute Registrar Victoria Blum at if you have questions relating to your registration.

Select one course and register below. 

Taught by Dr. Devorah Schoenfeld

Course 3224 | 3 quarter-hour credits
Fulfills MAJS Elective, DSJS Elective, DSJS Text, and DHL Text

Meets via Zoom Sunday-Thursday, January 8-12
Each day from 9 am to 2 pm CT

What does it mean to interpret a passage literally? What do Jewish commentators take it to mean? In this course, we will read medieval Jewish commentaries that describe themselves as literal or contextual or are described that way by others. We will explore the wide range of commentaries that fall into this category—including pshat and pshuto shel mikra—and the various kinds of approaches they include.

Taught by Dr. Dov Weiss

Course 3502 | 3 quarter-hour credits
Fulfills MAJS Core, DSJS Elective, and DSJS Text

Meets via Zoom Sunday-Thursday, January 8-12
Each day from 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm and 3 pm to 5 pm CT

LDive into the worldviews and the writings of the rabbis who lived between the destruction of the Second Temple and the rise of Islam. We will explore how and why Judaism was transformed, reinvented, and revitalized in this formative era, the era that gave us Talmud and Midrash. Situating rabbinic life in its Late Antique historical context (against Greco-Roman, Byzantine, and Sassanian culture), we will explore a wide array of topics such as biblical interpretation, biblical translation, law, theology, rabbinic stories, mysticism, and poetry.

Register by November 18, 2023