Notes for Religious Studies 369:

Introduction to Judaism

Centrality of Study as a Relgious Value

Ancient exegesis

Second Temple

The Rabbinic era

Medieval approaches to biblical interpretation:

Derash

Peshat, "scientific," "contextual" appproach: rational exegesis and linguistic analysis.


A woodcut of Rashi from an old Hebrew Bible printing
A woodcut of Rashi from an old Hebrew Bible printing
Rabbi Solomon ben Isaac (1040-1105): RaSh"I:

Click here to read about Rashi's commentary on the Bible


Rabbi Solomon ben Meir (c. 1085 - c. 1174) RaShBa"M:

Click here to read about Rashbam's commentary to the Torah


Rabbi Abraham Ibn Ezra (c. 1089 - c. 1164):

Click here to read about Rabbi Abraham Ibn Ezra's commentaries to the Bible.

Traditional and Rationalist approaches to the purpose of the commandments

Biblical Studies in the Modern Era