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Torah Accreditation Liaison (TAL) | Evaluated Learning Experience
Textual Analysis of Esther and Ruth (Bible 118)
Formerly Textual Analysis of Esther and Ruth (Bible 108)
Varies; offered as a proficiency examination or self-study format.
Torah Accreditation Liaison (TAL) authorized proctor sites.
Version 1: August 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 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.
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.
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).