Learning Torah from the Talmud’s Greatest Gentiles

Date: Apr 12, 2021 - Apr 12, 2021

Time: 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Sponsor: Online Learning

Location: Online

Category: Online Learning

Learning Torah from the Talmud’s Greatest Gentiles with Dr. Rachel Rosenthal

Part of our series “The ‘Other’ in Jewish Text and Tradition”

April 12, 2021, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. ET

The Talmud, in Sanhedrin, says that it is forbidden for non-Jews to learn Torah. However, throughout rabbinic literature, the rabbis frequently imagine themselves engaging in dialogue about religious issues with non-Jews, be they kings or merchants. Why do the rabbis use these gentiles as repositories of Jewish wisdom and questions, and what might that tell us about how they understand their relationship to the larger world?


Dr. Rachel Rosenthal is assistant professor of Talmud and Rabbinics.

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