Great way of introducing a topic as complex as the Talmud. It was surely amazing to have such course instructors who can rarely be matched both in eloquence and erudition. Overall it was fun!
Best course I've experienced on Coursera so far! Really engaging and not 'dumbed down'. Fantastic and charismatic professor and assistant. Already recommended the course to many friends.
By Deborah M•
interesting, well presented course
By Victoria R•
Very informative! Thank you!
By Phutoli S C•
Excellent and comprehensive!
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By David W•
I enjoyed the course tremendously. However, since I am/was a complete novice to Talmud and the sometimes complex argumentation and thought processes (and I am certain I got only a smattering and a simple one at that), it was sometimes difficult to follow the videos of Prof. Barry Wimpfheimer. He spoke way too quickly and monotonously. No inflection. Also, the transcripts of the lectures are terrible. They are not at all accurate, and there are many, many spelling errors and much incorrect punctuation. It made a complex subject even harder to follow. On the other hand, the videos of (now) Dr. Sarah Wolf were exemplary. A true joy to listen to, and very clear in all respects. All in all, I enjoyed the course, but it needs polishing.
By Lisa C•
This class is extremely informative...i came into it knowing absolutely nothing about The Talmud. I came out of this class with a better understand of what the Talmud has to say and how it is read...What i didnt know was ..the Talmud (complete) is just huge. I did pick up a little bit of Hebrew which i think is great. Im looking forward to purchasing a few chapters of Talmud and studying further. The only drawback of this class that keeps it from being 5 stars is the instructor has a fast speech rate ...he speaks very fast so youll be thankful for the pause and rewind feature. I think if he spoke at a slower rate there would likely be another entire unit added to the class.
By Nancy J G•
I am a convert to Judaism and hungry for all the knowledge that I can find. The course was very good and the instructors more than capable. Maybe adding one really elementary video in the beginning for folks like me would be appreciated. Or, maybe other students are way ahead of my knowledge. The only other recommendation I would make regards the printed script that accompanies the videos. Wording is great. Punctuation dreadful, way beneath the level of the instructors and the course.
By Ross A•
Generally the course was really good, and had some excellent materials, especially the glossary for each chapter and the readings. Although it is considered an introduction, sometimes there was assumed knowledge of Judaism and Jewish theology/history, which was a bit unfortunate. This could easily be fixed with possible "additional" materials to expand on the topics covered. Overall though, it was a course definitely worth taking
By Judith G•
I wish the course had covered a bit more about the Talmud, and possibly another topic. The course may need to be a bit longer, though, to accomplish this. Otherwise it was a good beginning study on the Talmud. I appreciate the hard work both put into producing the videos. Thanks for the course.
By char h•
Very interesting, with great use of the text to illustrate various talmudic methodologies and features. However, PLEASE have someone proofread your captions. They are riddled with errors, including both leaving out Hebrew words and mis-transcribing English words.
By John H•
A fast paced and interesting journey through an example of the subject. Leaves a lot of questions to explore. The only thing I would like to have seen more would have been interaction with other students.
By Charles W•
This is a very well constructed introduction to the Talmud but I think it would be improved if it made more demands on the student in terms of reading assignments and exercises.
By John L•
Very interesting peek into the world of Talmud (and interesting to this non-Jewish student). I like that the Hebrew-reading student can access the original texts too.
By Patrik W•
Informative and deatiled. A bit more practical context for those unfamiliar with the jewish tradition would have helped put this on 5-star level :)
By Lorena W•
I wish there were subtitles in other languages. Some concepts are too complex to understand in a foreign language.
By Ms.Supriya A K•
The course is great and the instructors are superbly skilled people making complex topics easy to understand.
By aviva b•
very interesting, challenging, but I find it hard to understand the intonation (highs and lows) of the ph
By Fr. P G•
Very informative course. I would like to thank the team behind this course, I learned a lot from them.
By Arna G S•
No problem with the course actually. Experienced several technical problems, however.