Course Schedule

See the table below for the schedule of topics, what texts to prepare for class, and assignment due dates.

**Updated as of Aug. 23, 2018**

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BIB525 Course Schedule – Fall 2018

Dr. T. R. Marvin

Wk Date Topic Text Assignment
 
  1. Introduction
1 Aug. 27 (M) Introduction: How We Got Miqraot Gedolot Write an outline of Sefer Bamidbar
Aug. 29 (W) Bamidbar Beqiyut Bring a Tanakh

Map (Handout)

Revise outline;

Read through source sheets

2 Labor Day – no class – Sept. 3 (M)
Sept. 5 (W) What is Parshanut ha-Miqra? Targum Onqelos

Saʿadyah’s Tafsir

Tanḥuma

Menaḥem b. Saruq, Maḥberet

(Source sheets)

Prepare methodologies source sheet;

Mefarshim EJ assignment

3 Rosh ha-Shanah – no class
Sept. 12 (W) Who were the Mefarshim? Methodological Introductions

(Source Sheet)

Prepare texts;

Read Harris article

4 Sept. 17 (M) Text Reading Workshop Bamidbar: The Designation of the Levites

Texts: Rashi on Num. 1: 1, 53; 3: 12

Reading: R. Harris, “Jewish Biblical Exegesis from Its Beginning to the Twelfth Century”

Prepare texts;

Read Viezel article

  Yom Kippur – no class – Sept. 19 (W)
5 Sukkot – no class – Sept. 24 (M)
     II.            Medieval Ashkenaz—From Derash to Peshat
Sept. 26 (W) Rashi Naso: The Sotah Ritual

Texts: Rashi on Num. 5: 12, 21

Reading: E. Viezel, “The Secret of the Popularity of Rashi’s Commentary on Torah”

Prepare texts;

Parashah response

6 Shemini Atzeret – no class – Oct. 1 (M)
Oct. 3 (W) Rashi Behaʿalotekha: Miriam’s Affliction

Texts: Rashi on Num. 12:1

Prepare texts
7 Oct. 8 (M) Rashi Behaʿalotekha: Miriam’s Affliction

Texts: Rashi on Num. 12: 4, 10, 12, 14

Prepare texts
Oct. 12 (W) Rashbam Behaʿalotekha: Miriam’s Affliction

Texts: Rashbam on Num. 12: 1, 4, 12

Reading: E. Viezel, “The Anxiety of Influence”

Prepare texts;

Parashah response

8 Oct. 15 (M) Rashbam Shelaḥ: The Meraglim

Texts: Rashbam on Num. 13: 2

Prepare texts
Oct. 17 (W) Rashbam Shelaḥ: The Wilderness Generation

Texts: Rashbam on Num. 14: 6, 22, 33

Prepare texts;

Read Simon article

   III.            Medieval Sefarad—From Philology to Pardes
9 Oct. 22 (M) Ibn Ezra Shelaḥ: The Meraglim & Wilderness Generation

Texts: Ibn Ezra on Num. 13: 2, 17, 25 ;14: 6

Reading: U. Simon, “Abraham Ibn Ezra”

Prepare texts;

Parashah response

Oct. 24 (W) Ibn Ezra Qoraḥ: The Rebellion Against Moshe

Texts: Ibn Ezra on Num. 16: 1

Prepare texts;

Read Sarna article

10 Oct. 29 (M) Ibn Ezra Qoraḥ: The Rebellion Against Moshe

Texts: Ibn Ezra on Num. 16: 30, 35

Reading: N. Sarna, “Abraham Ibn Ezra as Exegete”

Prepare texts;

Parashah response

Oct. 31 (W) Ibn Ezra Huqqat: Water From the Rock (II)

Texts: Ibn Ezra on Num. 20: 8

Prepare texts;

Work on prospectus

11 Nov. 5 (M) Ramban Ḥuqqat: Water From the Rock (II)

Texts: Ramban on Num. 20:8 (selections)

**Prospectus assignment due**

Prepare texts;

Read Septimus article

Nov. 7 (W) Ramban Huqqat: Death of Aharon

Texts: Ramban on Num. 20: 26

Reading: B. Septimus, “Open Rebuke and Concealed Love”

Prepare texts;

Read Wolfson article

12 Nov. 12 (M) Ramban Huqqat: Siḥon & Og

Texts: Ramban on Num.  21: 21, 29 (selection)

Reading: E. Wolfson, “By Way of Truth” (Read Part II: pp. 129-153)

Read through source sheet; Parashah response
   IV.            Miqraot Gedolot—Bringing the Mefarshim Together
Nov. 14 (W) All Balaq: Bilaʿm & the Donkey (Intro)

Inter-Biblical & Rabbinic Sources (Source sheet)

Prepare texts;

Read Dijikstra article

13 Nov. 19 (M) All Balaq: Bilaʿm & the Donkey

Texts: Num. 22: 5, 8-11 (as they occur)

Reading: M. Dijkstra, “Is Balaam Also among the Prophets?”

Prepare texts
Nov. 21 (W) All Balaq: Bilaʿm & the Donkey

Texts: Num. 22: 20, 23, 25, 28

Prepare texts
14 Nov. 26 (M) All Balaq: Bilaʿm & the Donkey

Texts: 23: 1, 9-10, 21

Prepare texts
Nov. 28 (W) All Balaq: Bilaʿm & the Donkey

Texts: Num. 24: 1, 5

Prepare texts;

Parashah response

15 Dec. 3 (M) All Pinḥas: The Peʾor Incident

Texts: Num. 25:1-3, 31: 16, 17

Prepare texts,

Parashah response

Dec. 5 (W) All Masa’ei: Preparing to Enter the Land Texts: Num. 33:50-56 Read over source sheet; Parashah response
 
  1. Conclusion: What’s Next? Supercommentary, Early Modern Approaches, Modernity
16 Dec. 10 (M) Selected commentators on Bamidbar Early Modern & Modern Commentators (source sheet)

Supercommentaries (source sheet)

Work on final project
Dec. 12 (W) **Student Oral Final Presentations** Work on final project
  Finals Week – Dec. 17-21 – **Final project due Dec. 19 (W)**