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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

The Twelve Tribes of the Bible (REL297)


39 hours (13 weeks). 

Maalot, Jerusalem, and other authorized locations.

September 2010 - Present. 

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

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: identify Biblical themes and articulate concepts related to the matriarchs and individual tribes descended from them, as well as demonstrate a sophisticated level of textual analysis in a wide variety of sources, spanning from the Bible itself to Tannaitic works, medieval commentaries, contemporary thinkers, and Hassidic masters. 


Major topics 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, 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.

Credit recommendation: 

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).