Talmud: Making a Case for Talmud Pedagogy—The Talmud as an Educational Model

  • Marjorie Lehman
  • Jane Kanarek
Part of the International Handbooks of Religion and Education book series (IHRE, volume 5)


The Babylonian Talmud (Bavli) stands at the canonical center of Jewish tradition. Composed between the third and seventh centuries C.E., the Bavli has been and continues to be studied in a variety of contexts, ranging from religious academies (yeshivot) to modern secular universities. Its study has resulted in a long chain of commentaries, including the almost line-by-line commentary of Rabbi Solomon Yitzhaki (Rashi, 1040/1–1105) and the medieval dialogical commentaries of the Tosafists. Legal codification was also an outgrowth of Talmudic analysis and interpretation and resulted in Isaac Alfasi’s (Rif, 1013–1103) Hilkhot Ha-rif and Moses Maimonides’ (Rambam, 1135–1204) Mishneh Torah, to cite two examples.


Critical Thinking Jewish Identity Liberal Education Jewish Education Jewish Tradition 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Jewish Theological Seminary of AmericaNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Hebrew CollegeBostonUSA

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