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Talmud Bava Metzia I (Talmud 153a, 253a, 353a, 453a)

Formerly: 
Talmud Bava Metzia [Talmud 129, 229, 329, 429]
Location: 
Toras Moshe, Jerusalem, Israel.
Length: 
195 hours (26 weeks); in addition, 734 hours of supervised peer study.
Dates: 
August 1997 - June 2005.
Instructional delivery format: 
Traditional classroom model
Learner Outcomes: 

Talmud 153a: Students will be able to: discuss the substance and essence of the talmudic text of the third chapter of Bava Metzia; 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 253a or 353a: 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 453a: In addition to the above outcomes, students will be able to 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 153a: Major topics include: the third chapter Bava Metzia, dealing primarily with the laws pertaining to bailees, 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 253a or 353a: In addition to the above, students are introduced to techniques in advanced conceptualization of talmudic text and commentaries. Talmud 453a: In addition to the above, students are expected to achieve proficiency in techniques of advanced conceptualization of talmudic text and commentaries. Topics include: laws pertaining to bailees and the rights of bailees to kefel when the object is stolen. 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 153a: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 12 semester hours in Judaic Studies, Jurisprudence, Near Eastern Studies, or Religion. Talmud 253a or 353a: In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 12 semester hours in Judaic Studies, Jurisprudence, Near Eastern Studies, or Religion. Talmud 453a: In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 12 semester hours in Judaic Studies, Jurisprudence, Near Eastern Studies, or Religion or in the graduate category, 6 semester hours in Judaic Studies, Jurisprudence, Near Eastern Studies, or Religion (1/00). NOTE: Credit should only be awarded once for Talmud 153a, 253a, 353a, or 453a at the undergraduate degree level; however, credit can be awarded for Talmud 153a, 253a, or 353a at the undergraduate degree level and Talmud 453a at the graduate degree level.

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