HDS 1808

The Binding of Isaac (Aqedah): Seminar

Jon D. Levenson


An examination of Genesis 22 in multiple contexts - its settings in the Hebrew Bible and various forms of its afterlife in Second Temple Judaism, early Christianity, Rabbinic Judaism, and the Qur'an. Emphasis placed on the interpretation and expansion of the story in rabbinic midrashim, read in Hebrew. Some discussion of the use of the story in modern theology (especially Kierkegaard's Fear and Trembling) and of rationalist and feminist critiques. Prerequisite: three years of Hebrew or the equivalent (not a course for those lacking a secure grasp of Hebrew grammar).

Enrollment Limited: No
Open to BTI Students: Yes
Jointly offered as Hebrew 235

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0.50 credits
Fall 2014
Tues 4pm-6pm
Rockefeller Hall Room 116

Relationship to Program Requirements

Program Requirement Area / Category / Art / Designation
MTS Area(s) of Focus
  • Hebrew Bible/Old Testament
  • Jewish Studies
MDiv Distribution Category/ies
  • Scriptural Interpretation
MDiv Art(s) of Ministry
  • Religious Education and Spiritual Development
Language Course Designation(s) None