Center for Academic and Religious Excellence (C.A.R.E.) | Evaluated Learning Experience
JBS 305 Deuteronomy I and II
June 2015 - Present.
Upon successful completion of the examination, students will be able to demonstrate proficiency as follows: reflect on the psycho-social aspects of the Biblical narrative and its implications for an understanding of Jewish life and behavior; compare and contrast the Ten Commandments as they appear in Deuteronomy and Exodus; enumerate and discuss the commandments to conquer the land, destroy idolatry, and establish life in Israel based on the commandments of the Torah; discuss the future leadership of the Jewish people – the king and the Sanhedrin; discuss the transition of leadership from Moses to Joshua; and analyze the unique greatness of Moses – leader, teacher, prophet.
In order to prepare for this examination, students study various classic and Medrashic commentaries that cover the following topics: the essential qualities of judges of the Jewish nation; the end of the generation of men who had to die in the desert; the fate of Sichon and his country Cheshbon, and Og and his country Bashan; Moses’s plea to enter the land of Israel and his view of the land from the Pisgah; the dire consequences of not following the laws of the Torah; protection of the convert, orphan, and widow; distancing the Jewish people from the culture and gods of the Canaanites; one’s responsibilities toward the poor; kindness toward one’s fellow man and towards all living creatures; law and justice among the people; and reaffirmation of G-d’s promise to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; nature as witness to the glory of G-d, and His special relationship with the Jewish People.
In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 6 semester hours in Judaic Studies, Comparative Literature, Biblical Studies, or Religious Studies (6/15) (4/21 revalidation).