Pirkei Avot: Ethics and Theology

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Course ID: Jewish Studies 40619-OL
Division: Undergraduate Studies, Graduate Studies
Program: Jewish Studies (Undergraduate), Jewish Studies (Graduate)
Location: Online

This course is an intensive study of Mishnah Avot (also called Pirkei Avot.)   Pirkei Avot is the only tractate of the Mishnah which deals exclusively with issues of Jewish ethics, theology, and philosophy. It is an ancient work created by early sages, yet it is a timeless classic with enduring significance for Jews in the modern age.  Selected commentaries to Avot will also be studied, including: the earliest commentary to Avot, known as Avot de Rabbi Nathan; later medieval commentaries; and modern scholarly studies. All sources will be available in English translation.