Some Biblical Insights into Modern Realities and Challenges
How did jars come to be so important in the ancient world? What did the rabbis’ Shabbat candles look like? And why does the talmudic Angel of Death carry a knife, not a sword? There are certain stories only objects can tell. And yet, we know so little about rabbinic material culture, how the men and women of the Talmud prepared their food, mended their clothes, or decorated their living rooms. This course explores four objects of the rabbinic household, revealing how their physical properties, historical use, and cultural implications radically shape our understanding of their stories.
1 pm ET/10 am PT
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