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Talmud Bava Metzia III (Talmud 153d, 253d, 353d, 453d)

Formerly: 
Talmud Bava Metzia III [Talmud 131, 231, 331, 431]
Location: 
Toras Moshe, Jerusalem, Israel.
Length: 
94 hours (13 weeks); in addition, 367 hours of supervised peer study.
Dates: 
April 1998 - June 2005.
Instructional delivery format: 
Traditional classroom model
Learner Outcomes: 

Talmud 153d: Students will be able to: discuss the substance and essence of the talmudic text of the eighth 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 253d or 353d: 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 453d: 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 153d: Major topics include: the eighth chapter of Bava Metzia, dealing primarily with the laws pertaining to borrowed property, 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 253d or 353d: In addition to the above, students iare ntroduced to techniques in advanced conceptualization of talmudic text and commentaries. Talmud 453d: In addition to the above, students are expected to achieve proficiency in techniques of advanced conceptualization of talmudic text and commentaries. Topics include: analysis of the laws of bailees; liability for borrowed objects; the exemption from liability when the owner is in the employ of the one who borrows; various issues of meilah; kinyan peiros; damage as a consequence of normal usage; methods of reimbursement for damage; liability where there are unknown factors or where there is a conflict between the parties as to the exact circumstances of damage; methods of resolving questions of doubtful ownership; and returning the borrowed object. 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 153d: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 6 semester hours in Judaic Studies, Jurisprudence, Near Eastern Studies, or Religion. Talmud 253d or 353d: In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 6 semester hours in Judaic Studies, Jurisprudence, Near Eastern Studies, or Religion. Talmud 453d: 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 153d, 253d, 353d, or 453d at the undergraduate degree level; however, credit can be awarded for Talmud 153d, 253d, or 353d at the undergraduate degree level and Talmud 453d at the graduate degree level.

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