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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

Torah Accreditation Liaison (TAL) | Evaluated Learning Experience

Advanced Joshua: Intensive Analysis (Bible 216)

Formerly Advanced Joshua: Intensive Analysis (Bible 206)
Formerly: 
Location: 
Torah Accreditation Liaison (TAL) authorized proctor sites.
Length: 

Varies: Offered as a proficiency examination or self-study format.

Dates: 
Version 1: March 2006 - February 2012. Version 2: March 2012 - Present.
Instructional delivery format: 
Hybrid course/exam
Learner Outcomes: 

Version 1 and 2: Students are required to display knowledge of the entire text of The Book of Joshua with a range of midrashic, medieval and modern commentaries. Based on these commentaries, students should be able to present 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 based on a range of classical commentaries.

Instruction: 

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 identify and describe key issues of the Book of Joshua (Conquest of Eretz Yisrael, spying mission, crossing the River Yarden, circumcision and Korban Pesach, conquest of Yericho, defeat at Ai, Canaanite kings, conquest of Yerushalaim, division of the Land, cities of refuge, covenant) 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.

Credit recommendation: 

Version 1: In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Judaic Studies, Near Eastern Studies, or Religion (5/06). 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).

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