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Talmud 139, 239, or 339 - Bava Kama I (T139, T239, or T339)

Location: 
Mercaz Hatorah, Talpiot, Jerusalem, Israel.
Length: 

Version 1 and 2: 42.5 hours (5 weeks); in addition, 112.5 hours of supervised peer study.

Dates: 

Version 1: August 1996 - December 2007. Version 2: August 2011 - Present. 

Instructional delivery format: 
Traditional classroom model
Learner Outcomes: 

Version 1 and 2: First year students will be able to: discuss the substance and essence of the Talmudic text; apply analytical skills in Talmudic explication; follow the dynamics of Talmudic argumentation leading to Halachic conclusions and resolutions; utilize the major medieval, modern, and contemporary commentaries to comprehend the underlying assumptions and consequences of the legal principles implicit in the text. Second year students and beyond: In addition to the objectives above, analyze abstract legal concepts and formulate abstract legal categories based on the Talmudic text.

Instruction: 

Version 1 and 2: Students read and study tractate Bava Kama employing the major standard commentaries. Instruction and peer study involve the laws pertaining to torts and damages. NOTE: This tractate is studied by all students in a given semester. While the scope of instruction is the same, the depth of study depends upon what year of study the student is in.

Credit recommendation: 

Version 1 and 2: First year students: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 2 semester hours in Judaic Studies, Jurisprudence, Near Eastern Studies, or Religion; Second year students and beyond: In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 2 semester hours in Judaic Studies, Jurisprudence, Near Eastern Studies, or Religion (1/97) (5/99 revalidation) (7/01 revalidation) (8/16 revalidation). NOTE: Credit can be awarded for this course and the Survey course of the same title.

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