5772 Spring Book List

BIB 409  “ Selected Reading in the Latter Prophets
Bible Texts:
The complete Masoretic text of the Hebrew Bible is the basic text for this course. It is available in many editions an configurations. You may wish to choose a compact size since you are expected to bring it to each class. A handy one to purchase is The JPS Hebrew English Tanak, which comes in several sizes. If you require a translation into a language other than English, please see me privately.

Secondary Readings:
The secondary reading assignments, for the most part, will be taken from the following books, which are excerpted in your course reader. Books suggested for personal ownership are marked [*]. In the weekly assignment section of this syllabus, the books below will be designated by author s last name or by short title, and by page number.

-Achtemeier, Paul J. <gen ed>, Boraas, Roger S.; Fishbane, Michael; Perkins, Pheme; Walker, William O., Jr. <assoc ed>, Harper s Bible Dictionary, San Francisco, Harper & Row, 1985.

-Alter, Robert and Frank Kermode, <eds>, The Literary Guide to the Bible, Cambridge, Massachusetts, Harvard University Press <imprint: Belknap>, 1987.

-Gottwald, Norman K., The Hebrew Bible: A Socio-Literary Introduction, Philadelphia, Fortress, 1985; (Paperback).

-Hayes, John H., An Introduction to Old Testament Study, Nashville, Abingdon Press, 1979; (Paperback).

-Kaufmann, Yehezkel, The Religion of Israel: From its Beginnings to the Babylonian Exile,  “ Greenberg, Moshe <trans and abridged by>, New York, Schocken, 1960.

-Keel, Othmar, The Symbolism of the Biblical World: Ancient Near Eastern Iconography and the Book of Psalms. New York: Seabury Press, 1978.

-Muffs, Yochanan, Love and Joy: Law, Language and Religion in Ancient Israel, New York, Jewish Theological Seminary of America, 1992.

CAN 115 – Intro to Modes
Required:
The Sound of Sacred Time: A Basic Music Theory Textbook to Teach the Jewish Prayer Modes, by Andrew Bernard. Published by the author, and available through him at CantorB@carolina.rr.com; 704-366-1948, ext 107.

Recommended:
The Ashkenazi Prayer-Modes; a commentary on their development and practice, by Alexander Knapp (Available on the Internet): http://www.geoffreyshisler.com/Knapp.html

Nusach and Identity: The Contemporary Meaning of Traditional Jewish Prayer Modes, by Jeffrey A. Summit; available on Google Books (it is a chapter in  œMusic in American religious experience , by Bohlman, Blumhofer, and Chow. Published by Oxford University Press US, 2006)

Immunim Be-Nusah HaTefillah, A Study Text and Workbook for the Jewish Prayer Modes, by Charles Davidson, Ashbourne Music Publications, Inc. (available from Cantors Assembly: 330-864-8533)

CAN 425  “ Advanced Nusah  “
Required:
-The Sol Zim Shabbat Anthology (Musical Siddur)
Siddur Sim Shalom for Shabbat & Festivals (Old, New Versions)
Silverman (Shabbat & Festivals)
Gates of Prayer / Shabbat Weekdays
Gates of Prayer / Complete Edition 1975

HEB 320  “ Biblical Hebrew
Required:
-C. L. Seow, A Grammar for Biblical Hebrew, Revised Edition (Nashville: Abingdon, 1995) (GBH).

Recommended:
-E. Kautzsch, Gesenius’ Hebrew Grammar (translated by A. E. Cowely; Oxford: Clarendon, 1910)

-Paul Joüon, A Grammar of Biblical Hebrew (translated by T. Muraoka; 2 vols.; Rome: Editrice Pontificio Istituto Biblico), 2005.

-Joshua Weingreen, A Practical Grammar for Classical Hebrew (Oxford: Clarendon, 1959). Thomas Lambdin, Introduction to Biblical Hebrew (Englewood Cliffs: Prentice Hall, 1971).

INT 380  “ Jewish Dreamwork
Required:
Bible

Rodger Kamenetz, The History of Last Night s Dream

Joel Covitz, Visions in the Night: Jungian and Ancient Dream Interpretation

Vanessa Ochs, The Jewish Dream Book

Catherine Shainberg, Kabbalah and the Power of Dreaming

Recommended:
Tamar Frankiel, Entering the Temple of Dreams: Jewish Prayers, Movements, and Meditations for the End of the Day

PRO 700  “ Field Work Support Seminar
Recommended:
-Jack Bloom, The Rabbi As Symbolic Exemplar, The Haworth Press, NY 2002.
-Terry Bookman and William Kahn, This House We Build: Lessons for Healthy Synagogues and the People Who Dwell There, The Alban Institute, Herndon, Virginia, 2007.

RAB331 – Intermediate Talmud
Required:
You must acquire the Steinsaltz edition of Masechet Sukkah, either in small or large formats, and bring it each week to havruta and shiur. We will not be using the Steinsaltz-Vilna edition, since using that edition makes it impossible to learn the gemarrah with vowels and punctuation but without Steinsaltz’s interpolated comments.

You are also required to obtain and have available the following dictionaries and study aids:
-Frank, Yitzhak and Ezra Zion Melamed. Practical Talmud Dictionary. Feldheim; 2nd ed., 1991.

-Jastrow, Marcus. Dictionary of the Targumim, Talmud Bavli, Talmud Yerushalmi, and Midrashic Literature. Judaica Press, 2004. (Also: Hendrickson Publishers, 2005.) Also available online: http://www.tyndalearchive.com/tabs/jastrow/

-PDF download:
Part 1 [alef – chaf]: http://www.hebrewbooks.org/38236
Part 2 [lamed – tet]: http://www.hebrewbooks.org/38237

-Melamed, Ezra Zion. Aramaic-Hebrew-English Dictionary. Feldheim, 2005.

-Carmell, Aryeh. Aiding Talmud Study. Feldheim, 5 Rev Exp ed., 1986.

Recommended:
-Frank, Yitzhak. Grammar for Gemara & Targum Onkelos: An Introduction to Aramaic. Ariel Institute, 2003. As the title suggests, a useful non-scholarly introduction to Aramaic grammar, especially verb patterns.

-Safrai, Shmuel, ed. The Literature of the Sages, Part One: Oral Torah, Halakha, Mishna, Tosefta, Talmud, External Tractates. Fortress Press, 1987. An out-of-print collection of essays describing what is known about the history and composition of various rabbinic texts (current as of its publication date).

-Safrai, Shmuel, Zeev Safrai, Joshua Schwartz, and Peter J. Tomson, eds. The Literature of the Sages, Midrash,and Targum; Liturgy, Poetry, Mysticism; Contracts, Inscriptions, Ancient Science and the Languages of Rabbinic Literature. Fortress Press, 2007. A follow-up to the previous collection, covering the remaining texts of the rabbinic corpus; among other essays, contains the most comprehensive overview of halachah written by that field’s preeminent scholar, Menahem Kahane.

-Steinsaltz, Adin. The Talmud, The Steinsaltz Edition: A Reference Guide. Random House, 1996. An incredibly useful (but unfortunately out-of-print) set of resources, including a section dating major Sages and an encyclopedia of Talmudic and Halakhic concepts. (A new version is purpotedly being prepared for publication by Koren Publishers.)

-Strack, Hermann L. and Gunter Stemberger. Introduction to the Talmud and Midrash. tr. Markus Bockmuehl. Augsburg Fortress Publishers, 1992. A work definitively and succinctly summarizing the history and composition of major rabbinic texts according to the most recent academic theories, current as of the publication date.