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Dialogue and "distance": Cognitive-developmental theories and the teaching of Talmud

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Publication Date: January 2004

Publisher(s): Coalition for the Advancement of Jewish Education

Author(s): Marjorie Lehman; Jeffrey S. Kress

Series: Jewish Education News

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Culture and religion (Religion and religious groups)
Education (Teaching methods)

Keywords: Jewish text; Jewish education; Jewish content

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


The authors argue that there is educational value in presenting the argumentative and often contradictory Talmud to students as it is, rather than opting for curricula that explain away the difficulties. The style of the Talmud is not only consistent with a particular theological perspective on "truth," but also with what we know to be an important cognitive process.