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The Twelve Tribes of the Bible (REL297)
39 hours (13 weeks).
September 2010 - Present.
Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: identify Biblical themes and articulate concepts related to the matriarchs and the individual tribes descended from them; demonstrate a sophisticated level of textual analysis in a wide variety of sources, spanning from the Bible itself to Rabbinic works, medieval commentaries, contemporary thinkers and Hassidic masters.
Major topics taught in this course include: Study of the matriarchs Rachel and Leah, specifically their respective roles as mothers of the tribes; an exploration of the concept of twelve tribes and the significance of this number; study of the individual tribes of Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Asher, Benjamin, Naphtali, Dan and Judah. Using a thematic approach, each tribe is studied from birth, and the various incidents in the Bible involving individual tribes are examined, as inter-generational links, common character traits, and life lessons are revealed. Topics may vary. Methods of instruction include lecture, discussion, and textual preparation.
In the lower division associate/baccalaureate degree category OR in the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Hebraic Bible, Judaic Studies, or Religious Studies (8/15) (3/21 revalidation).