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Jewish Thought: The Cutting Edge
By Lawrence Kaplan, Dept. of Jewish Studies, McGill University
As the study of the field of Jewish though has broadened and deepened, scholars have begun to examine a wide variety of previously scanted genres. I will examine the recent scholarship devoted to Jewish thought as reflected and refracted in three of these genres: Biblical interpretation, sermons, and halakhic writings. I will examine the recent scholarship devoted to Jewish thought as reflected and refracted in three genres: Biblical interpretation, sermons, and halakhic writings.

Recent Developments in Jewish Thought: the Field of Midrash
By Ira Robinson, Concordia University
This paper will review recent trends in academic research of Midrash, the major exegetical enterprise of ancient and early medieval rabbinic Judaism. Primarily examining the current state of scholarship on this major area of Jewish thought in Late Antiquity, it will emphasis the development of contemporary scholarly viewpoints on ancient rabbinic thought as a whole, and will include both "halakhic" and "aggadic" midrashim in its purview. It will deal with issues of changes in academic methodologies and epistemologies and their influence on the state of scholarship. It will also examine the implications of these new trends in scholarship in ancient Jewish thought for the study of Jewish thought as a whole.

 

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