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Aaron Koller

Drisha Institute and Yeshiva University

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Aaron teaches Semitics and Bible in the department of Jewish Studies at Yeshiva University. He also teaches Bible, Talmud, and medieval intellectual history in the full-time programs and adult education classes at the Drisha Institute.

Why Do We Write This Way?

The Origins of the Alphabet

Text & Thought

The alphabet is one of the world's greatest inventions, and it was invented only once, about 4,000 years ago, maybe by a speaker of Hebrew. We will look at what we know of where the alphabet came from and how it came to be what it is today—and what Jewish thinkers have done with it since.

Biblical Stories

Why Stories? What Good Are They, Anyway?

101, Text & Thought

We will ask a simple question: what is the value of stories in the Bible? By reading and thinking about some stories, we will try to address the question, what is the Bible, anyway?

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