|Talmud & Interfaith Engagement - 42441 - JCIV 013 - 01|
Dynamic Dialogue: Talmudic Talks on Interfaith Engagement
This course is co-taught by Rabbi Rachel Gartner and Rabbi Abraham Skorka—a personal friend of Pope Francis. It is offered from 12:30 – 3:00pm on five Tuesdays: March 1, 15, 22, 29 and April 5.
The concept of dialogue as a practice that enables deep communication among humans, giving dignity to all creatures, was developed by Martín Buber in the last century. His philosophical system, based on the two relationships a person can have with their neighbor and nature—I-thou and I-it—has shaped the thoughts of many who seek to engage in interreligious dialogue, especially in rebuilding Jewish-Catholic relations after Nostra Aetate.
The purpose of this course is to survey instances of interreligious encounters in the Talmud and to analyze if they were only disputes or if they provide a sense of understanding between the parties. The Talmud is the compilation of all the rabbinic literature that shaped Judaism after the destruction of the Jerusalem Temple by Titus in 70 CE.
The 2nd Century CE was characterized by great religious activity in the Mediterranean basin and the Middle East. Incipient Christianity, agnosticism, traditional paganism, Stoicism, and the beginning of Rabbinic Judaism coexisted at the time, all debating the truth about God and nature. In the Talmud and additional rabbinic literature (Midrash) it is possible to find dialogues between the wise men and philosophers of Israel, Caesars (Joshua ben Hananiah and Hadrian, Rabbi and Antoninus), and the Roman governor of Judea (Akiva and Quintus Tineius Rufus); as well as from previous generations, such as Alexander the Great and the high priest Simon, or between Ptolemy and the priest Eleazar.
A detailed analysis of such dialogues can shed light on what needs to be done today to achieve a universal I-thou dialogical reality.
Associated Term: Spring 2022
Registration Dates: Nov 01, 2021 to Jan 21, 2022
Levels: MN or MC Graduate, Undergraduate
Attributes: X-List: CATH
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