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Studies in the Book of Exodus (REL264)
Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: articulate analyses of major religious, ethical, halachic, philosophical and historical elements of the Book of Exodus, through referring to Biblical, Midrashic, Rabbinic and later sources; demonstrate proficiency in textual analysis of primary materials written throughout the multi-millennial span of Jewish history.
Major topics taught in this course include: Names and their significance; reasons for exile to Egypt and redemption from Egypt; why Moshe was chosen; the signs given to Moshe and Pharaoh; “He who wants to become pure is made pure”; the plagues – their progression, grouping, correspondence with the ten “statements” of creation; lunar-based calendar; Song at the Sea; splitting of the sea; essence of song; Amalek; mann – food for the body and the soul; the Chosen People and their interactions with others; man made in G-d’s image; Decalogue; interconnection of Written and Oral Torah; mishkan; eiruv rav; angels; chukim; Divine Providence; Thirteen Attributes of Mercy; first and second stone tablets of the law; rays of light shine from Moshe’s face. Topics may vary. Methods of instruction include lecture, discussion, and textual preparation.