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ERIC Number: EJ883824
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 5
ISSN: ISSN-1524-4113
A Philological Orientation?
Fonrobert, Charlotte Elisheva
Journal of Jewish Education, v76 n2 p104-107 2010
This article presents the author's response to Jon A. Levisohn's article entitled "A Menu of Orientations in the Teaching of Rabbinic Literature." As someone who is experimenting not only with how to teach rabbinic texts but with which texts to select in virtually every course the author teaches for American undergraduate as well as graduate students, the author finds Jon A. Levisohn's article eminently useful on various levels. Levisohn's menu offers a fairly comprehensive list of choices from which to select preferences. The author raises one question with regard to the menu that is not on the principle of the menu or its "orientations," but with regard to one of the orientations, namely what Levisohn categorizes as "skills orientation." Relying on Levisohn's definition of orientation, the author argues that the philological work with respect to rabbinic literature is not merely a "method," but operates as an orientation that is not commensurate (although of course clearly compatible) with the historical orientation, in that it seeks to engage the very question of the Talmud's and arguably other rabbinic literature's "text-ness." Aside from his reflections on Levisohn's menu, the author asserts that at its best, it can serve as the basis for curriculum development in a variety of contexts, and for this his menu is to be commended. (Contains 2 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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