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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

Medieval Western Europe: 12th - 14th Century (Jewish History 306)

Formerly The Period of the Ba'alei Tosafos (Jewish History 304); 13th and 14th Century Europe (Jewish History 306)
Location: 
Jerusalem, Israel and other approved locations in the United States.
Length: 

Varies; self-study format. 

Dates: 
February 2011 - Present.
Instructional delivery format: 
Proficiency exam
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: demonstrate proficient knowledge about historical events and personalities involving or affecting the Jewish people in medieval Europe; express understanding of how historical figures (Rashi and the Ba'alei Tosafos, the Rabainu Tam, R' Yitzchok b. Shmuel, the Ra'avad and R' Zerachyah HaLevi) made an impact on Jewish life through their major works and communal interactions; demonstrate an understanding of how the Jews living in medieval Europe interacted with their host countries and how major political and cultural events impacted the Jewish communities.

Instruction: 

This proficiency examination is designed to assess students' knowledge of medieval Jewish history in Central Europe from the 12th through the 14th centuries. Topics include: the Second Crusade; early Christian Anti-Semitism; ritual murder libels; blood libels; host desecration; the French and English expulsions; and usury. The examination also assesses knowledge of Medieval Jewish history. Topics include: the Papacy; the disputations; the burning of the Talmud; emigration to Eretz Yisroel; the expulsion from France; the Black Death; rabbinic ordination; and 100 Years War.

Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 6 semester hours in History, Judaic Studies, Near Eastern Studies, or Religion (3/11) (3/17 revalidation).  NOTE: This course was previously offered in 2 components: The Period of the Ba'alei Tosafos (Jewish History 304); and also 13th and 14th Century Europe (Jewish History 306) between October 2010 - February 2011; to receive the 6 semester hours in History, Judaic Studies, Near Eastern Studies, or Religion students must complete both courses.

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