The course provides a comprehensive introduction to Jewish Law. The first section covers the history, philosophy and principles of Jewish Law. In addition it addresses the nature of halakhic Judaism, the relationship between the Written and Oral Law, the major rabbinic personalities and a study of selected topics, with particular reference to Halakhah and Modernity. The second section introduces text material (in English translation) on Talmudic civil and criminal law. The course is an excellent opportunity to study an important branch of Comparative Law together with Jewish Customary Law and thereby enhance understanding of the Australian legal system by raising awareness of alternative solutions to legal issues.
Recommended Prior Knowledge
- To comprehend the nature of Jewish Law, its origins and principles.
- To have an appreciation of the historical development of Jewish Law from its inception through to modern times.
- To understand how Jewish Law confronts the challenges of modernity.
- To compare the Jewish Civil and Criminal Code with Australian Law.
- To study Talmudic and Post Talmudic texts in translation in order to achieve a knowledge of the processes of Jewish Law.
- Introduction to Halakhic Judaism
- The Written Law
- The Oral Law
- The Talmud
- The Commandments
- The Geonim
- The Rishonim
- The Acharonim
- Halakhah and modernity
- Women and Jewish Law
- Selected key terms and principles in civil law
| Class participation:
|| Attendance and engagement in class:
| Research Essay:
|| 3000 words
| Take Home Exam:
|| 3000 words
Mishnah Sanhedrin, Mishnah Bava Metziah, Mishnah Bava Kama, Maimonides - Mishneh Torah (All texts, in translation, provided).
Refer to reading list provided by lecturer.