This course explores certain biblical passages through the lens of midrash, a particular manner and style of Jewish biblical interpretation. Students will examine how the midrash fills ‘gaps’ in the biblical story and what ideas the Rabbis are trying to articulate in historical rabbinic midrashim. Students will also explore “modern midrashim,” how modern writers (and other artists) use biblical passages as a springboard for their own imaginative renditions. Finally, students will practice writing their own midrashim. Throughout the course will consider how midrash opens the biblical text and how midrashim, both classic and contemporary, speak to faith and life today. Prerequisite: BS101 or permission of instructor.
- Teacher: Nancy Bowen