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Yeshivas Toras Moshe | Evaluated Learning Experience

Talmud Bava Metzia VII (Talmud 170a, 270a, 470a)

Location: 
Toras Moshe, Jerusalem, Israel.
Length: 
195 hours (26 weeks); in addition, 734 hours of supervised peer study.
Dates: 

August 2008 - December 2015.

Instructional delivery format: 
Traditional classroom model
Learner Outcomes: 

Talmud 170a: 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, utilizing the major medieval, modern, and contemporary commentaries to comprehend the underlying assumptions and consequences of the legal principles implicit in the text. Talmud 270a: In addition to the above outcomes, utilized in a more complete fashion, students are introduced to the full range of commentary in the understanding of the text. In addition, students are introduced to techniques in advanced conceptualization of talmudic text and commentaries. Talmud 470a: In addition to the above outcomes, focus is on a more total sense on analysis of the abstract legal concepts implicit in the talmudic text and range of commentaries, and formulate abstract legal categories based on the above talmudic text. Students are expected to achieve proficiency in techniques of advanced conceptualization of talmudic text and commentaries.

Instruction: 

Students read and study the relevant section of tractate Bava Metzia, employing the major standard commentaries. Instruction and peer study focus on the above chapters dealing with the laws pertaining to Bava Metzia. NOTE: All students study these chapters in a given term. While the scope of instruction is the same, the depth of study and nature of analysis depends upon what year of study the student is in.

Credit recommendation: 

Talmud 170a: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 12 semester hours in Judaic Studies, Jurisprudence, Near Eastern Studies, or Religion. Talmud 270a: In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 12 semester hours in Judaic Studies, Jurisprudence, Near Eastern Studies, or Religion. Talmud 470a: 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 (9/08 Administrative Review). NOTE: Credit should only be awarded once for Talmud 170a, 270a, or 470a at the undergraduate degree level; however, credit can be awarded for Talmud 170a or 270a at the undergraduate degree level and Talmud 470a at the graduate degree level.

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