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Talmud Bava Kama VI (Talmud 158b, 258b, 358b, 458b)

Location: 
Toras Moshe, Jerusalem, Israel.
Length: 
81 hours (26 weeks); in addition, 312 hours of supervised peer study.
Dates: 
August 2001 - December 2011.
Instructional delivery format: 
Traditional classroom model
Learner Outcomes: 

Talmud 158b: Students will be able to: discuss the substance and essence of the talmudic text of the ninth 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 258b or 358b: In addition to the above outcomes, utilized in a more complete fashion, students are introduced to the full range of commentaries in the understanding of the text. In addition, students are introduced to techniques in advanced conceptualization of talmudic text and commentaries. The difference between the two levels is in the focus on conceptual development. As students become more adept at textual mastery the focus changes more to conceptual development. Talmud 458b: In addition to the above outcomes, students 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 158b: Major topics include: the ninth chapter of Bava Kama is addressed, dealing primarily with the laws pertaining to liability of a thief, the effect that theft has on ownership and related issues of theft and indirect damages. 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 258b or 358b: In addition to the above, students are introduced to techniques in advanced conceptualization of talmudic text and commentaries. Talmud 458b: In addition to the above, students are expected to achieve proficiency in techniques of advanced conceptualization of talmudic text and commentaries. Topics include: various issues of theft, including takanas hashavim, kinyanei geneiva and baalos of the ganav; issues of reshus and ownership; issues of the theft of avodim, chiuv hashava and tainis ganav apotike, hezek sh'eino nikar and indirect forms of damage. 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 158b: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 5 semester hours in Judaic Studies, Jurisprudence, Near Eastern Studies, or Religion. Talmud 258b or 358b: In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 5 semester hours in Judaic Studies, Jurisprudence, Near Eastern Studies, or Religion. Talmud 458b: 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 (12/02). NOTE: Credit should only be awarded once for Talmud 158b, 258b, 358b, or 458b at the undergraduate degree level; however, credit can be awarded for Talmud 158b, 258b, or 358b at the undergraduate degree level and Talmud 458b at the graduate degree level.

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