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Talmud Bava Metzia VIII (Talmud 170b, 270b, 370b)

Location: 
Toras Moshe, Jerusalem, Israel.
Length: 
81 hours (26 weeks); in addition 312 hours of supervised study.
Dates: 

August 2008 - December 2015. 

Instructional delivery format: 
Traditional classroom model
Learner Outcomes: 

Talmud 170b: Students will be able to: discuss the substance and essence of the talmudic text of the sixth and seventh chapters 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 also the major medieval, modern, and contemporary commentaries to comprehend the underlying assumptions and consequences of the legal principles implicit in the text. Talmud 270b, Talmud 370b: In addition to the above outcomes, 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. 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.

Instruction: 

Students are expected to 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 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. Instruction and peer study involve the above chapters dealing with the laws pertaining to the divorce contract. NOTE: All students study the same 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 170b: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 5 semester hours in Judaic Studies, Jurisprudence, Near Eastern Studies, or Religion. Talmud 270b or 370b:In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 5 semester hours in Judaic Studies, Jurisprudence, Near Eastern Studies, or Religion (9/08 Administrative Review).

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