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Talmud Bava Kama IV (Talmud 152e, 252e, 352e, 452e)

Formerly: 
Talmud Bava Kama IV [Talmud 142, 242, 342, 442]
Location: 
Toras Moshe, Jerusalem, Israel.
Length: 
42 hours (13 weeks); in addition, 156 hours of supervised peer study.
Dates: 
April 1997 - June 2005.
Instructional delivery format: 
Traditional classroom model
Learner Outcomes: 

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

Instruction: 

Talmud 152e: Major topics include: the eighth chapter of Bava Metzia, dealing primarily with the laws pertaining to torts especially in the case of bodily damage by one human being to another, 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 252e or 352e: In addition to the above, students are introduced to techniques in advanced conceptualization of talmudic text and commentaries. Talmud 452e: In addition to the above, students are expected to achieve proficiency in techniques of advanced conceptualization of talmudic text and commentaries. Topics include: bodily damage done by one human being to another and consequent liability; authority of various courts to sit on these issues; details of reimbursement for medical costs; loss of wages; ways of calculating the liability for damage; pain and suffering; psychological suffering; damage to minors; disqualification of witnesses; damage by minors; kinyan peiros; someone who gives permission to be damaged; liability for watching charity funds. 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 152e:In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in Judaic Studies, Jurisprudence, Near Eastern Studies, or Religion. Talmud 252e or 352e: In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Judaic Studies, Jurisprudence, Near Eastern Studies, or Religion. Talmud 452e: In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 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 152e, 252e, 352e, or 452e at the undergraduate degree level; however, credit can be awarded for Talmud 152e, 252e, or 352e at the undergraduate degree level and Talmud 452e at the graduate degree level.

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