Summer 2013 :
The study of Jewish-Christian encounters in the Early Centuries
The Department of Hebrew Culture Studies at Tel Aviv University is pleased to offer an intensive six week summer school inJewish-Christian Encounters in the Early Centuries .
The heavily text-based classes will be taught in English and are especially tailored for advanced students in ancient Judaism and early Christianity.
The program will examine rabbinic literature and its cultural context, with attention to how they intersect with Early Christian texts and society through two courses:
Jewish-Christian Encounters in the First Centuries, taught by Dr. Shai Secunda
Judaism grew into the religion we recognize today during the first five centuries of the first millennium of the Common Era, when rabbinic texts and culture crystallized. Judaism's character was not forged in a vacuum, rather through encounters with different religious communities and especially with its close "relative" Christianity. How did the rabbis perceive Christians and Christianity, which in some ways were strikingly familiar but also bewilderingly foreign, and what did this encounter mean for the development of Judaism and Christianity?
This course will look at rabbinic literature and its culture, and the way these intersected with Early Christian texts and society. Given the centrality of the Babylonian Talmud - a product of late antique Iran - for the formation of normative Judaism the course will pay close attention to interactions between Jews, Christians, and their textual traditions within the vibrant inter-religious space of the Iranian Empire.
Major Issues in Rabbinic Hebrew, taught by Shai Heijmans
Program's dates: July 7th to August 15th, 2013
Application deadline:May30th 2013
Cost: $3,000, which includes the tuition, the tours, the insurance and the access to the library
More information, here
Previous summer programs
Summer 2012 : Advanced Summer School in Rabbinic Literature
Summer 2011: The study of Jewish -Christian Encounters in the first centuries CE