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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

Rechtschaffen Institute of Judaic Studies | Evaluated Learning Experience

Genesis: An In-Depth Study (Bible 315)

Jerusalem, Israel and other approved locations in the United States

Varies; self-study format.

May 2013 - Present.
Instructional delivery format: 
Proficiency exam
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: demonstrate knowledge of the concepts and themes found in the Book of Genesis and its classic medieval and modern commentaries including Rashi, Ramban, Sforno, Ohr Hachaim, Cli Yakar, and Siphtei Chachamim; assess how particular sections of the Torah and its commentary fit into the greater context of the Chumash and how they relate to broader themes found throughout the Torah; expand on exegesis of the text of the Bible; solve apparent contradictions in and between verses; explain the hermeneutic principles which are applied to verses to gain new insights; interpret the ethical issues being discussed; explain lawful rulings derived from the verses as determined in the major law books; read and understand commentaries from the last generation of Torah scholars who are included in the anthology of the commentary.


Genesis: An In-Depth Study (Bible 315) is offered as an on-line proficiency examination with an extensive study guide and required reading administered by the Rechtschaffen Institute of Judaic Studies. NOTE: This may not be taken with Advanced Genesis (Bible 310).

Credit recommendation: 

In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 6 semester hours in Judaic Studies, Near Eastern Studies, or Religion (6/13) (6/18 revalidation).