Bible Courses

Credit recommendation: 3 upper level credits each, in Judaic Studies, Near  Eastern Studies, or Religion

Advanced Genesis (Bible 310) Objectives: Students will be able to demonstrate a broad and in-depth knowledge of the concepts and themes found in the book of Genesis and its classic medieval and modern commentaries; expand on Talmudic and Midrashic exegesis of the text of the Bible; solve apparent contradictions in and between verses; explain the hermeneutic principles which are applied to verses to gain new insights; interpret the ethical issues being discussed; explain lawful rulings derived from the verses as determined in the major law books; understand commentaries from the last generation of Torah Scholars that are included in the anthology. Instruction: The Bible 310 examination is designed to assess the student’s knowledge of the book of Genesis. Topics are: the purpose of Creation; the exile from Eden; the generation until the recognition of Abraham; the ten trials; binding of Isaac; sibling rivalry; and the beginning of exile.

Advanced Exodus (Bible 320) Objectives: Students will be able to demonstrate a broad and in-depth knowledge of the concepts and themes found in the book of Exodus and its classic medieval and modern commentaries; expand on Talmudic and Midrashic exegesis of the text of the Bible; solve apparent contradictions in and between verses; explain the hermeneutic principles which are applied to verses to gain new insights; interpret the ethical issues being discussed; explain lawful rulings derived from the verses as determined in the major law books; understand significant commentaries from the last generation of Torah Scholars that are included in the anthology. Instruction: The Bible 320 examination is designed to assess the student’s knowledge of the book of Exodus. Topic are as follows: the exile; Egyptian subjugation; the rise of Moses to leadership; the ten plagues; splitting of the sea; receiving of the Torah; and building of the Tabernacle.

Advanced Leviticus (Bible 330) Objectives: Students will be able to demonstrate a broad and in-depth knowledge of the concepts and themes found in the book of Leviticus and its classic medieval and modern commentaries; expand on Talmudic and Midrashic exegesis of the text of the Bible; solve apparent contradictions in and between verses; explain the hermeneutic principles which are applied to verses to gain new insights; interpret the ethical issues being discussed; explain lawful rulings derived from the verses as determined in the major law books; understand commentaries from the last generation of Torah Scholars that are included in the anthology. Instruction: The Bible 330 examination is designed to assess the student’s knowledge of the book of Exodus. Topics include: sacrifices; holiness; service of the priests; priestly blessings; kosher and non-kosher food; spiritual contamination; childbirth; leprosy; and other topics.

Advanced Numbers (Bible 340) Objectives: Students will be able to demonstrate a broad and in-depth knowledge of the concepts and themes found in the book of Numbers and its classic medieval and modern commentaries; expand on Talmudic and Midrashic exegesis of the text of the Bible; solve apparent contradictions in and between verses; explain the hermeneutic principles which are applied to verses to gain new insights; interpret the ethical issues being discussed; explain lawful rulings derived from the verses as determined in the major law books; understand commentaries from the last generation of Torah Scholars that are included in the anthology. Instruction: The Bible 340 examination is designed to assess the student’s knowledge of the book of Numbers. Topics include: the censuses; formation of encampments; sacrifices; nazarism; inheritance; priestly blessings; the spies; rebellions; red cow; Aaron’s death and other topics.

Advanced Deuteronomy (Bible 350) Objectives: Students will be able to demonstrate a broad and in-depth knowledge of the concepts and themes found in the book of Deuteronomy and its classic medieval and modern commentaries; expand on Talmudic and Midrashic exegesis of the text of the Bible; solve apparent contradictions in and between verses; explain the hermeneutic principles which are applied to verses to gain new insights; interpret the ethical issues being discussed; explain lawful rulings derived from the verses as determined in the major law books; understand commentaries from the last generation of Torah Scholars that are included in the anthology. Instruction: The Bible 350 examination is designed to assess the student’s knowledge of the book of Deuteronomy. Topics include: the purpose of repeating the Torah; the mission of the spies; Moses’ prayer to enter the land; the Ten Commandments; Shema; Moses’ blessing and admonition; and other topics.

Credit recommendation: 3 lower level credits each, in Judaic Studies, Near Eastern Studies, or Religion

Introduction to  Genesis (Bible 210) Objectives: Students will be able to identify  and describe key concepts and themes expressed in the Book of Genesis and  selected Rashi commentaries; identify the midrashic and Talmudic sources of  Rashi; elucidate the inconsistency and textual problems that Rashi attempts to  solve based on his use of hermeneutics; identify where Rashi’s interpretation  is imbedded in the text; explain the significance of Rashi’s solutions in terms  of ethical and religious behavior. Instruction: Bible 210 is offered as an  on-line proficiency examination with an extensive study guide and required  reading administered by the Rechtschaffen Institute of Judaic Studies. Topics  include: the purpose of Creation, the exile from Eden, the generations until  the recognition of Abraham, the ten trials, blinding of Isaac, and sibling  rivalry.
Introduction  to Exodus (Bible 220) Objectives: Students will identify and  describe key concepts and themes in Exodus and selections of the text and  Rashi’s commentary; identify the midrashic and Talmudic sources of Rashi;  elucidate the inconsistency and textual problems that Rashi attempts to solve  based on his use of hermeneutics; identify where Rashi’s interpretation is  imbedded in the text; explain the significance of Rashi’s solutions in terms of  ethical and religious behavior. Instruction: Bible 220 is offered as an  on-line proficiency examination with an extensive study guide and required  reading administered by the Rechtschaffen Institute of Judaic Studies. Topics  include enslavement in Egypt, Moses’ upbringing and leadership, Pharaoh, the  Ten Plagues, Exodus, the splitting of the Red Sea, Israel in the wilderness,  giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai, the ten commandments and other laws, the  Golden Calf, and Moses’ intervention.
Introduction to Leviticus (Bible 230) Objectives: Students will be able to identify  and describe key concepts and themes in the Book of Leviticus and selected  Rashi commentary; identify the midrashic and Talmudic sources of Rashi;  elucidate the inconsistency and textual problems that Rashi attempts to solve  based on his use of hermeneutics; identify where Rashi’s interpretation is  imbedded in the text; explain the significance of Rashi’s solutions in terms of  ethical and religious behavior. Instruction: Bible 230 is offered as an on-line  proficiency examination with an extensive study guide and required reading  administered by the Rechtschaffen Institute of Judaic Studies. Topics include:  Korbonos, Divine service, Nadav and AVihu, Yom Kippur service, the Cohen Gadol,  the laws of tzoras, forbidden sexual relationships, kosher and non-kosher  animals, agricultural gifts for the poor, the sabbatical year, the jubilee  year, ancestral inheritance, and laws of lending money.
The Book of Joshua (Bible 360) Objectives: Students will be identify and  describe key concepts and themes in the Book of Joshua and selected readings  from major medieval commentaries; explain hermeneutic principles; solve  contradictions in and between verses; interpret ethical issues being discussed,  and apply them to practical situations. Instruction: Bible 360 is offered as an  on-line proficiency examination with an extensive study guide and required  reading administered by the Rechtschaffen Institute of Judaic Studies. Topics  include: the episode of the spies in Jericho, the crossing of the Jordan, the  conquering of Jericho and the rest of the Land, the battles at Ai, and the sin  of Achan.
The Book of Judges (Bible 370) Objectives: Students will be identify and  describe key concepts and themes in the Book of Judges and selected readings  from major classical medieval commentaries; explain hermeneutic principles;  solve contradictions in and between verses; explain lawful rulings derived from  the verses as determined in the major law books; interpret ethical issues being  discussed, and apply them to practical situations. Instruction: Bible 370 is offered as an  on-line proficiency examination with an extensive study guide and required  reading administered by the Rechtschaffen Institute of Judaic Studies.

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