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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

Maalot Educational Network | Evaluated Learning Experience

Studies in the Book of Samuel I (REL241)

Formerly Studies in the Book of Samuel I (REL141); The Early Prophets: Samuel I (REL141)

39 hours (13 weeks). 

Maalot, Jerusalem, and other authorized locations.

September 2009 - Present.

Instructional delivery format: 
Traditional classroom model
Hybrid course/exam
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: articulate an in-depth understanding of the major religious and historical elements of the Book of Samuel I and demonstrate general knowledge of the book from the perspective of relevant commentaries and Midrashic and Talmudic sources and increased proficiency in textual analysis.


Major topics covered in the course are: Elkana's pilgrimages to Shiloh; Chana and Penina; prayer; the birth of Samuel; Eli and his sons; Samuel as a prophet and leader; monarchy in Israel; Saul; mercy and cruelty: Agag and Nob; the relationship between David and Saul; David and Jonathan; major events in David's early career; Saul and the medium; and Saul's death. Methods of instruction include lecture, discussion, and Textual preparation.

Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category OR in the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Judaic Studies or Religious Studies (10/10) (8/15 revalidation) (3/21 revalidation).