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Bible - Torah Accreditation Liaison

Titles of all evaluated learning experiences in Bible - Torah Accreditation Liaison

Descriptions and credit recommendations for all evaluated learning experiences

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.
Objectives:

Version 1 and 2: Students are required to display knowledge of the entire text of The Book of Deuteronomy with a range of midrashic, medieval and modern commentaries. Based on these commentaries, students should be able to articulate on underlying meanings found in the text, expound on vague or obscure passages, solve apparent moral inconsistencies, elaborate on 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 the candidate has acquired through prior learning experiences. Classroom-based instruction: Students are expected to master recommended readings and study guide materials. Students are expected to identify and describe key issues of the Book of Deuteronomy (rebuke, judges, wars with Sihon and Og, Ten Commandments, Shema, fear of G-d, Eretz Yisrael, tithes, kings, prophesy, ben sorer and morer, forbidden marriages, gifts to the poor, first fruits, repentance and consolation, Moshe's blessings) 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) (3/12 revalidation). 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).

Location:
Torah Accreditation Liaison (TAL) authorized proctor sites.
Length:

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

Dates:

Version 1: January 2006 - February 2012. Version 2: March 2012 - Present.

Objectives:

Version 1 and 2: Students are required to display knowledge of the entire text of The Book of Exodus 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 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 in the Book of Exodus (Pharaoh's decrees, Moshe, Ten Plagues, Song of the Sea, Midbar, Manna, Sinai Experience, Ten Commandments, Civil Law, Golden Calf, Mishkan) with a range of well known Midrashim, sections from the Talmud, medieval and modern commentaries; and to deal with 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). 

Location:
Torah Accreditation Liaison (TAL) authorized proctor sites.
Length:

Varies; offered as a proficiency examination or self-study format. 

Dates:
Version 1: January 2006 - February 2012. Version 2: March 2012 - Present.
Objectives:

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.

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 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.

Credit recommendation:

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).

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.
Objectives:

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).

Formerly:
Location:
Torah Accreditation Liaison (TAL) authorized proctor sites.
Length:

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

Dates:
Version 1: August 2006 - February 2012. Version 2: March 2012 - Present.
Objectives:

Version 1 and 2: Students are required to display knowledge of the entire text of The Book of Judges 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, describe 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 Judges (Conquest of Eretz Yisrael, Devora, Shimshon, wars of the early nation, further wars and conquest of the land, etc.) 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, 5 semester hours in Judaic Studies, Near Eastern Studies, or Religion (12/06).  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). 

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.
Objectives:

Version 1 and 2: Students are required to display knowledge of the entire text of The Book of Leviticus 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, elaborate on 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 be very familiar with the entire text of the Book of Leviticus (Laws of kohanim, korbanos, kashrus, tzaraas, Yom Kippur service, Festivals, Shmittah year, the blessings and curses) with a range of well known Midrashim, sections from the Talmud, medieval and modern commentaries; and to deal with 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).

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.
Objectives:

Version 1 and 2: Students are required to display knowledge of the entire text of The Book of Numbers 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, elaborate on 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 Numbers (Census, Sotah, Nazir, Kohanic blessings, Menorah, Pesach Sheni, Yisrael's journeys in the Midbar, Miriam, Sending Spies, Korach, Wars, Bilaam, Pinchas, Refuge cities) 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).

Location:

Torah Accreditation Liaison (TAL) authorized proctor sites.

Length:

Varies; offered as a proficiency examination or self-study format.

Dates:

Version 1: August 2005 - February 2012. Version 2: March 2012 - Present.

Objectives:

Version 1 and 2: Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to: display knowledge of the entire text of The Book of Deuteronomy 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, elaborate on 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 expeted to master recommended readings or study guide materials. Students are expected to describe and identify key issues from the Book of Deuteronomy (rebukes of Moses; Moses' plea; loyalty to God; cities of refuge; the 10 Commandments; reward for obedience; non-sacrificial meat; idolatrous prophet and city; kosher and non-kosher animals; tithes; sabbatical year; establishing judges and police; kings; laws of witnesses; laws of inheritance; ben sorer umoreh; rape; divorce; laws of employees; first fruits; covenant; Song of Moses; Blessings of Moses) with the commentary of Rashi.

Credit recommendation:

Version 1: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate 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). 

Location:
Torah Accreditation Liaison (TAL) authorized proctor sites.
Length:

Varies; offered as a proficiency examination or self-study format.  

Dates:
Version 1: August 2006 - February 2012. Version 2: March 2012 - Present.
Objectives:

Version 1 and 2: Students are required to display knowledge of the entire text of The Book of Esther and The Book of Ruth with the commentary of Rashi; answer difficulties in the text, expound on vague or obscure passages according to the midrashic traditions, solve apparent moral inconsistencies based on the commentary of Rashi, explain the significance of unusual terminology and phrases found in the Hebrew text, elaborate on motivations in the various episodes throughout the text, and analyze various ethical, symbolic and spiritual issues based on the commentary of Rashi.

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 describe and identify key issues from the Books of Esther and Ruth (Achashverosh and his kingdom, plot of Hamen, Mordechai and Ester; back ground of Naomi, story of Rus and Boaz, etc.) with the commentary of Rashi.

Credit recommendation:

Version 1: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in Judaic Studies, Near Eastern Studies, or Religion (12/06). 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). 

Location:
Torah Accreditation Liaison (TAL) authorized proctor sites.
Length:

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

Dates:
Version 1: August 2005 - February 2012. Version 2: March 2012 - Present.
Objectives:

Version 1 and 2: Students are required to display knowledge of the entire text of The Book of Exodus with the commentary of Rashi; answer difficulties in the text, expound on vague or obscure passages according to the midrashic traditions, solve apparent moral inconsistencies based on the commentary of Rashi, explain the significance of unusual terminology and phrases found in the Hebrew text, elaborate on motivations in the various episodes throughout the text, and analyze various ethical, symbolic and spiritual issues based on the commentary of Rashi.

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 describe and identify key issues from the Book of Exodus (enslavement in Egypt; Moses; burning bush; Pharoah; Ten Plagues; Exodus; splitting of the Red Sea; Manna; appointment of judges; giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai; social laws; Tabernacle; Golden Calf; Thirteen Attributes; Garments of the Priests) with the commentary of Rashi.

Credit recommendation:

Version 1: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate 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). 

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