Me'ah Online

Mea’h Online is a distance learning experience with world-class scholars from our acclaimed Me’ah program. Our lectures take students on a journey through the narrative of the Jewish people. Delve into engaging courses at your own pace:

  • Journey Through the Bible
  • Rise of the Rabbis
  • Between Cross and Crescent: The Medieval Jewish Experience
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  • time Adults of all ages
  • location Online
  • duration Flexible
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Me'ah Online Courses

Join renowned Hebrew Bible Scholar Professor Marc Brettler on a captivating journey through the Hebrew Bible. His lectures will guide you through a critical analysis of the most-read book in the world. 

Professor Brettler’s scholarship will transform your understanding of the biblical past and shed light on the roots of today’s traditions and beliefs. Optional readings and lecture slides are available to enhance your learning experience

Familiar stories from the Hebrew Bible will emerge with new meaning as you:

  • Examine the character of God in the Bible.
  • Understand the influence of literary structure and genre on meaning in the Bible.
  • Analyze how women and non-Israelites are portrayed.
  • Appreciate what was included and what was left out of the Hebrew Bible.

Instructor: Professor Marc Zvi Brettler, Bernice and Morton Lerner Professor in Judaic Studies, Duke University

  • Start Date: Rolling
  • Course Length: Flexible
  • Course Fee: $65 per participant
  • Self-Paced: Course access for 20 weeks

Rise of the Rabbis offers a fascinating introduction into the Rabbinic period—500 BCE to 500 CE—and to the rabbinic literature that would come to define Jewish belief, community, culture, and behavior up through contemporary times.

The course surveys the transformation of Judaism that took place during this turbulent yet creative time. It invites participants to enter the minds of the daring sages and rabbis who established a legal system and interpretative method that became the foundation of Jewish life and learning for its time and our times.

The faculty lectures are at the heart of each module. Over the span of ten modules, four gifted scholars and experienced educators will present their areas of expertise. Optional readings and lecture slides are available to enhance your learning experience.

Instructors: 

  • Professor Christine Hayes, Robert F. and Patricia Ross Weis Professor of Religious Studies, Yale University
  • Rabbi Dr. Jane Kanarek, Associate Dean for Academic Development and Advising and Professor of Rabbinics, Hebrew College
  • Professor Jonathan Klawans, Professor or Religion, Boston University
  • Rabbi Dr. Micha’el Rosenberg, Assistant Professor of Rabbinics, Hebrew College
  • Start Date: Rolling
  • Course Length: Flexible
  • Course Fee: $65 per participant
  • Self-Paced: Course access for 20 weeks

The medieval era spans an 800-year period, from the birth of Islam in the 7th century through the expulsion of Jews from Spain at the end of the 15th century. Judaism was forever affected by its encounters in the Muslim and Christian worlds during this era.

The medieval period built upon earlier rabbinic foundations and made manifest what the rabbis of the Talmud had only begun: the construction of a rabbinic Jewish civilization, with distinctive approaches to community life, behavioral norms, and beliefs and values.

Jewish culture expanded dramatically in medieval times with the formation of new pathways for artistic expression and intellectual inquiry. Many aspects of Jewish life today have their origins in developments during the medieval period. 

Faculty lectures are at the heart of each module. Over the span of nine modules, six gifted scholars and experienced educators will present on their areas of expertise.

Instructors:

  • Rabbi  Dr. Arthur Green, Founding Dean and Rector, Rabbinical School, Hebrew College
  • Professor Shari Lowin, Professor of Religious Studies, Stonehill College
  • Dr. Jacob Meskin, Me’ah & Me’ah Select instructor
  • Professor Deanna Klepper, Associate Professor of Religion and History, Boston University
  • Rabbi  Dr. Benjie Samuels, Rabbi Congregation Shaarei Tefillah, Newton, MA and Me’ah & Me’ah Select Instructor
  • Professor Michael Satlow, Professor of Religious Studies and Judaic studies, Brown University.
  • Start Date: Rolling
  • Course Length: Flexible
  • Course Fee: $65 per participant
  • Self-Paced: Course access for 20 weeks

Professor Brettler is a scholar with prodigious knowledge and endless enthusiasm.

– Me'ah Online participant

Course Sample: Rise of the Rabbis, “The Development of Mishnah”

In this module, Rabbi Micha’el Rosenberg, Ph.D., introduces the primary genres and works of rabbinic literature and considers their influence on later Judaism.

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Registration for spring Me’ah Online courses is now closed. The next enrollment cycle will begin July 15. Please email us if you would like to be notified when courses are available again.