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The Sabbath: A History of the Day of Rest, Summer 2014

Sarit Kattan Gribetz

Starting with the first mention of the Sabbath in Genesis and working our way through biblical, second temple, and rabbinic sources, as well as related Christian and ‘pagan’ texts, we will explore what the Sabbath was, the ways the Sabbath was practiced and the rituals associated with it, and how its meaning changed as the Sabbath was transformed by different communities in antiquity.  Our discussions will also revolve around the themes of sacred time, religious practice, biblical interpretation, and the Sabbath as a topic of contention and polemics within and beyond the Jewish community.  To complement our readings of ancient texts, we will read contemporary reflections on the Sabbath and its meaning in modern times.  The idea of a weekly sacred day of rest is still observed in Judaism and Christianity today, and this class is an opportunity to learn about the earliest history of the idea and its observance.  As the summer break begins, this class will allow students to consider the benefits of setting aside time for the kind of rest and rejuvenation that comes with a break from routine; in the words of the first-century Jewish philosopher Philo of Alexandria, “while the body is working, the soul enjoys a respite, but when the body takes a rest, the soul resumes its work, and thus the best form of life, the theoretical and the practical, take their turn in replacing each other.”

Summer - Units 2&3, June 9-20, 9:00 a.m. – noon

Key to Course Listings

Key Description
EL "EL" following a course description indicates an E-Learning course.
F "F" following a course number indicates a course offered during Fall semester.
S "S" following a course number indicates a course offered during Spring semester.
W "W" following a course number indicates a course offered during Winter Session in January.
J "J" following a course number indicates a course offered during June.
"Y" following a course number indicates a yearlong course. Students must register each semester for year-long courses.

This listing is subject to change. Continue to check the school's eb site,, for current information about course listings, times and dates. All courses, including Church and Ministry Department courses, are now offered for 3 credits. Only students following the pre-2001 M.Div. curriculum may elect to take courses for other than 3 credits. Unless otherwise noted, courses are generally limited to 55 students.

Levels of Instruction

Level Description
500 Language courses or introductory courses meeting departmental requirements for either the M.Div. or the M.A. degree.
600 Meet departmental requirements for the M.Div., unless otherwise indicated, or program requirements for the M.A.
700 For advanced M.Div. and M.A. students with either background in an area or prerequisites completed. These courses meet some departmental upper-level elective requirements for the M.Div.
800 Primarily for D.Min. and S.T.M. students, although a limited number of seniors with the appropriate background may enroll with the instructor's permission.


Dual-numbered courses-e.g., [HIST 725/825] - indicate courses that serve more than one level. Students should register for the level appropriate to their program needs.

Example: an M.Div. or M.A. student would register for HIST 725, but an S.T.M. or D.Min. student would register for HIST 825.