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Talmud 140, 240, or 340 - Bava Kama (T140, T240, or T340)

Also known as Bava Kama II
Location: 
Mercaz HaTorah, Talpiot, Jerusalem, Israel.
Length: 
170 hours (20 weeks); in addition, 350 hours of supervised peer study.
Dates: 

*August 1993 - Present. (See note under credit recommendations). 

Instructional delivery format: 
Traditional classroom model
Learner Outcomes: 

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 outcomes above, students will be able to analyze abstract legal concepts and formulate abstract legal categories based on the Talmudic text.

Instruction: 

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: 

First year students: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 8 semester hours in Judaic Studies, Jurisprudence, Near Eastern Studies, or Religion; Second year students and beyond: In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 8 semester hours in Judaic Studies, Jurisprudence, Near Eastern Studies, or Religion (4/94) (5/99 revalidation) (7/01 revalidation) (8/08 revalidation). NOTE: Credit can be awarded for this course and the Survey course of the same title. *NOTE: The credit recommendation for this course is extended to individuals who completed study between August 1991 and July 1993 upon the successful completion of a current examination. The official transcript from Mercaz Hatorah will indicate whether an individual qualifies under this special arrangement.

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