Barry Scott Wimpfheimer

 

 


 

Barry Scott Wimpfheimer is Director of The Crown Family Center for Jewish and Israel Studies and Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Law at Northwestern University. He is the author of Narrating the Law: A Poetics of Talmudic Legal Stories and the forthcoming The Talmud: A Biography in Princeton University Press’ series “Lives of Great Religious Books.” A native New Yorker, Wimpfheimer received rabbinic ordination from Yeshiva University and a PHD in Religion from Columbia University, where his 2005 dissertation was awarded the Salo and Jeanette Baron Prize in Jewish Studies. Before coming to Northwestern, Wimpfheimer was a Malvin and Lea Bank Early Career Professor at Penn State and a Harry Starr Fellow at Harvard. In 2011-2012, he was a Fellow of the Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities at Northwestern. He loves to sing and is an avid sports fan who likes to play basketball and practice yoga.




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The Talmud is one of the richest and most complicated works of literature the world has ever known. Since being composed around 1500 years ago it has inspired not only religious reverence but significant intellectual engagement. In this course learners will be introduced to the unique characteristics of this text and the challenges that inhere in studying it while studying a chapter of the Talmud.

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