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Studies in the Book of Numbers: Topics (REL399)
Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: identify and articulate the major religious and historical topics in the Book of Numbers; extrapolate meaning through textual analysis and readings of the commentaries of Rashi, additional ancient, classic and modern works.
Major topics taught in this course include: Prophecies that are relevant to future generations; purpose of narrative portions of Scriptures; counting the people; flags and their symbols; “These and those are the words of the living G-d”; Nazirites; Sota; blessings; priests; joy; manna; Korach; Levi replaces firstborn as priests; Red heifer; purity and impurity; free will and omniscience; Miriam’s death; Moshe hits the rock; Balak and Balaam; Balaam’s ass; curses; the claim of the daughters of Tzelafchad; Yehoshua as Moshe’s successor; settling the Land of Israel; “milchemet mitzvah.” Topics may vary. Methods of instruction include lecture, discussion, and textual preparation.