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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

Talmud Courses - Theological Research Institute

Descriptions and credit recommendations for all evaluated learning experiences

Location:

Various; distance learning format.

Length:

Self-study, self-paced.

Dates:

December 2018 - Present. 

Objectives:

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: detail the process of the formation of the Talmud from a historical and bibliographical perspective;  have a basic command of key Aramaic terms; develop an understanding of how the Talmud is structured on a Folio by identifying the different commentators and the proper order of study of said commentators; and identify the process of law deduction starting from the Talmud until modern day Rabbinical Judges. 

Instruction:

This introductory level course is a study of Talmudic Tractates in Hebrew and Aramaic. Students begin by learning the nuances between Aramaic and Hebrew, with a focus on studying key Aramaic phrases found across the Talmudic spectrum. Starting with Mishna study, students work their way into the Talmud as well as the proper application of the most relevant commentators. Students are shown examples of modern-day laws, and the process that has been followed from the Talmudic teachings until modern day sages.

Credit recommendation:

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 6 semester hours in Talmud, Jewish Literature, Judaic Studies, Near Eastern Studies or Religion (12/19).

Location:

Various; distance learning format.

Length:

Self-study, self-paced.

Dates:

December 2018 - Present. 

Objectives:

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: analyze texts and their interpretations from various historical periods; understand the various topic matter; connect the source of the laws to modern day customs and traditions; and apply the material studied to modern day life skills. Students will develop a proficiency in reading a folio of Talmud in Aramaic as well as contribute their own logical interpretations into solving seemingly different opinions among the various contributors of the Talmud.

Instruction:

This Intermediate Level course is a study of Talmudic Tractates in Hebrew and Aramaic together with the opinions of the historical commentaries. Students analyze sources used in the process of clarifying the boundaries and nuances of various customary laws and their implementation. Through a study of the course materials, the students develop an understanding of the Hebrew and Aramaic texts as well as analyze and assess the implied meanings and logics of certain teachings. Students will analyze specific pieces of Talmud which a heavy focus on applying the commentaries of Rabbi Shlomo Yitzchaki (Rashi) towards gaining a deeper clarity of the intention of the contributors of the Talmud.

Credit recommendation:

In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 6 semester hours in Talmud, Jewish Literature, Judaic Studies, History, Law, Near Eastern Studies or Religion (12/19).

Location:

Various; distance learning format.

Length:

Self-study, self-paced.

Dates:

December 2018 - Present. 

Objectives:

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: independently analyze texts from various historical periods and delve into complex interpretations and commentaries; gain a thorough understanding of the topic matter; implement the learning in modern day practice by connecting the source of the laws to today’s customs and traditions; and apply what was studied to everyday life skills. Students also study the core texts of the Talmud while being able to further explain the matters at hand by applying commentary and analysis of the famous Talmudic commentaries within the folio of the tractate and within independent commentaries.

Instruction:

This advanced level Talmud course explores, in depth, the Talmud and its historical commentators’ opinions and source materials. Instruction begins with the study within the text of the folio and moves through commentaries by generational timeline until modern day legal decisions based on the relevant Talmudic passages.  Students analyze a wide range of source material used in the process of clarifying the boundaries and nuances of various customary laws, their implementation, and their evolution. Through the study of multiple Talmudic commentaries, including the Tosefot, the students develop an advanced understanding of the Aramaic texts and the implied meanings and logic of certain teachings.

Credit recommendation:

In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 6 semester hours in Talmud, Jewish Literature, Judaic Studies, History, Law, Near Eastern Studies or Religion (12/19).

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