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Torah Accreditation Liaison (TAL) | Evaluated Learning Experience
Advanced Genesis: Intensive Analysis (Bible 211)
Formerly Advanced Genesis: Intensive Analysis (Bible 201)
Varies; offered as a proficiency examination or self-study format.
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Version 1: January 2006 - February 2012. Version 2: March 2012 - Present.
Instructional delivery format:
Version 1 and 2: Students are required to display knowledge of the entire text of The Book of Genesis with a range of midrashic, medieval and modern commentaries. Based on these commentaries, students should be able to articulate underlying meanings found in the text, expound on vague or obscure passages, solve apparent moral inconsistencies, describe motivations in the various episodes throughout the text, and analyze various ethical, symbolic and spiritual issues based on the classical commentaries, explain various metaphysical allusions. The Advanced Bible exams focus on conceptual, philosophical and ethical issues and their textual cues and the ability to express concepts and critical thinking in a clear, organized manner.
Version 1 and 2: Proficiency exam: The examination is intended to measure a body of knowledge that candidates have acquired through prior learning experiences. Self-Study Format: Students are expected to master recommended readings and study guide materials. Students are expected to be very familiar with the entire text of the Book of Genesis (Creation, Man in the Garden, Genealogy of Mankind, Tower of Babel, Ten Trials of Avraham, Covenant, Sodom, Eliezer and Rivka, Laban, Avraham vs Isaac, Jacob's deception, Leah and Rachel, Laban, Eisav, Shechem, Yosef and the brothers, Yosef in Egypt, persecution of brothers, Jacob's blessing) with a range of well known Midrashim, sections from the Talmud, medieval and modern commentaries; and articulate a variety of issues in a relatively mature and sophisticated manner through their responses to the examination questions.
Version 1: In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Judaic Studies, Near Eastern Studies, or Religion (12/05). Version 2: In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 5 semester hours in Judaic Studies, Near Eastern Studies, or Religion (3/12) (3/17 revalidation).