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Teaching Interreligious Encounters$
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Marc A. Pugliese and Alex Y. Hwang

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190677565

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190677565.001.0001

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Using Hevruta to Do and Teach Comparative Theology

Using Hevruta to Do and Teach Comparative Theology

(p.163) 11 Using Hevruta to Do and Teach Comparative Theology
Teaching Interreligious Encounters

Devorah Schoenfeld

Jeanine Diller

Oxford University Press

The traditional method of study known as hevruta is the foundation of traditional Jewish methods of learning as practiced in the yeshiva. This method has been articulated as Scriptural Reasoning in a way that emphasizes the practice of engaged reflection on a text. In this chapter, the authors will attempt a different articulation based on the use of this method in their classrooms, an approach that emphasizes disagreement. When disagreement is placed at the center of the process, the hevruta method becomes a tool for encountering and learning from religious difference. The chapter provides an overview of and rationale for using hevruta, a treatment of learning objectives, suggested steps for classroom use, sample questions, and a discussion of hevruta and comparative theology.

Keywords:   hevruta, Jewish, scriptural reasoning, disagreement, yeshiva

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