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Talmud Bava Kama III (Talmud 152d, 252d, 352d, 452d)

Formerly: 
Talmud Bava Kama III [Talmud 141, 241, 341, 441]
Location: 
Toras Moshe, Jerusalem, Israel.
Length: 
94 hours (13 weeks); in addition, 367 hours of supervised peer study.
Dates: 
April 1997 - June 2005.
Instructional delivery format: 
Traditional classroom model
Learner Outcomes: 

Talmud 152d: Students will be able to: discuss the substance and essence of the talmudic text of the sixth chapter and parallel parts of the second chapter of Bava Kama; 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 252d or 352d: In addition to the above outcomes, utilize in a more complete fashion the full range of commentaries in the understanding of the text. Talmud 452d: In addition to the above outcomes, analyze the abstract legal concepts implicit in the talmudic text and its commentaries; formulate abstract legal categories based on the talmudic text.

Instruction: 

Talmud 152d: Major topics include: the sixth chapter and parallel parts of the second chapter of Bava Kama, dealing primarily with the laws pertaining to damage by animals, fire, and indirect damage by human beings, are 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 252d or 352d: In addition to the above, students are introduced to techniques in advanced conceptualization of talmudic text and commentaries. Talmud 452d: In addition to the above, students are expected to achieve proficiency in techniques of advanced conceptualization of talmudic text and commentaries. Topics include: proper forms of watching potentially dangerous property; liability for different forms of direct and indirect damage; damage by fire and animals; liability by bailees for damage done by watched object; obligation of bailee to return objects and consequent liability issues; payment for unintentional benefit received; where such benefit is not direct but rather preventing of loss. 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 152d: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 6 semester hours in Judaic Studies, Jurisprudence, Near Eastern Studies, or Religion. Talmud 252d or 352d: In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 6 semester hours in Judaic Studies, Jurisprudence, Near Eastern Studies, or Religion. Talmud 452d: In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 6 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 152d, 252d, 352d, or 452d at the undergraduate degree level; however, credit can be awarded for Talmud 152d, 252d, or 352d at the undergraduate degree level and Talmud 452d at the graduate degree level.

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