This course is designed to introduce advanced students of Modern Hebrew to modern prose written primarily in today’s state of Israel. To this end we will spend two weeks looking at the motifs and styles available in contemporary children’s literature with an eye to their use of biblical allusions. This serves as background to a study of short stories by the Nobel laureate Agnon. The sources of the stories will be studied from the perspective of intertextuality where the source is both inspirational and in turn explicated by the novelist. The use of online search engines and databases will facilitate this analysis. The course teaches advanced reading skills in prose literature in Hebrew with emphasis on interpreting the texts, close readings, and tracking allusions. Use will be made of historical Hebrew dictionaries.