Chicago Censors Talmud
If Graydon Snyder only knew that he would be convicted of sexual harassment for teaching the Talmud, he might have kept his mouth shut.
But Mr. Snyder, a Bible professor at the United Church of Christ's Chicago Theological Seminary, could not have foreseen the dangers that lurk in talmudic discourse, and he now stands at the center of perhaps the most bizarre and troubling political-correctness case yet.
In a graduate-level Gospels class two years ago, Mr. Snyder told a story from the Talmud's Baba Kama tractate, a book that covers tort law. Mr. Snyder says the story, which contains one of the Talmud's more famous and challenging hypotheticals, helps his students understand the differences between Jewish and Christian notions of sin.