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Talmud Bava Basra II (Talmud 154b, 254b, 354b, 454b)

Formerly: 
Talmud Bava Basra II [Talmud 120, 220, 320, 420]
Location: 
Toras Moshe, Jerusalem, Israel.
Length: 
81 hours (26 weeks); in addition 312 hours of supervised study.
Dates: 

August 1998 - December 2015.

Instructional delivery format: 
Hybrid course/exam
Learner Outcomes: 

Talmud 154b: Students will be able to: discuss the substance and essence of the talmudic text of the second half of the eighth chapter of Bava Basra; apply analytical skills in talmudic explication; follow the dynamics of talmudic argumentation leading to halakhic conclusions and resolutions, focusing primarily on the commentaries of Rashi and Tosafos; utilize the major medieval, modern, and contemporary commentaries to comprehend the underlying assumptions and consequences of the legal principles implicit in the text. Talmud 254b or 354b: In addition to the above outcomes, students will be able to utilize in a more complete fashion the full range of commentaries in the understanding of the text. Talmud 454b: In addition to the above outcomes, students will be able to analyze the abstract legal concepts implicit in the talmudic text and its commentaries; formulate abstract legal categories based on the talmudic text.

Instruction: 

Talmud 154b: The second half of the eighth chapter of Bava Basra, dealing primarily with the various means available to bequeath an inheritance to potential heirs, is addressed. Students prepare the applicable talmudic texts as well as the major halakhic opinions of various rishonim and acharonim, including Rashi, Tosafos, and the other commentaries as assigned by the instructor. The instructor guides students in understanding the issues raised, and assists them in deducing and elucidating the crux of these issues. Instruction includes, but is not limited to, discussion of the major relevant halakhic topics. Talmud 254b or 354b: In addition to the above, students are introduced to techniques in advanced conceptualization of talmudic text and commentaries. Talmud 454b: In addition to the above, students are expected to achieve proficiency in techniques of advanced conceptualization of talmudic text and commentaries. Topics include: a general picture of inheritance issues; the types of property from which the first born takes a double portion of inheritance, relinquishing rights to inheritance before the death of the father; disinheritance of potential heir; issues regarding indeterminate gender; credibility of father in determining first born; use of oaths in determining truth in a court; and  the inability to effect a subsequent possession following an inheritance. NOTE: Students in all four courses study the same course materials. While the scope of instruction is the same, the depth of study and nature of analysis depends upon which course the student is enrolled in.

Credit recommendation: 

Talmud 154b: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 5 semester hours in Judaic Studies, Jurisprudence, Near Eastern Studies, or Religion. Talmud 254b or 354b: In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 5 semester hours in Judaic Studies, Jurisprudence, Near Eastern Studies, or Religion. Talmud 454b: In the upper division baccalaureate degree category; 5 semester hours in Judaic Studies, Jurisprudence, Near Eastern Studies, or Religion or in the graduate degree category, 3 semester hours in Judaic Studies, Jurisprudence, Near Eastern Studies, or Religion (1/00). NOTE: Credit should only be awarded once for Talmud 154b, 254b, 354b, or 454b at the undergraduate degree level; however, credit can be awarded for Talmud 154b, 254b, or 354b at the undergraduate degree level and Talmud 454b at the graduate degree level.

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