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Talmud Sanhedrin II (Talmud 161e, 261e, 361e, 461e)

Location: 
Toras Moshe, Jerusalem, Israel.
Length: 
42 hours (13 weeks); in addition 156 hours of supervised study.
Dates: 

April 2003 - December 2015.

Instructional delivery format: 
Traditional classroom model
Learner Outcomes: 

Talmud 161e: Students will be able to: discuss the substance and essence of the talmudic text of the ninth chapter of Sanhedrin; 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 261e or 361e: 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. 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 461e: 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 161e: Major topics include: the ninth chapter of Sanhedrin, dealing primarily with the laws pertaining to ariyos, capital liability, machnisa lakipa, and kanayim pogaim bo, is addressed. The student prepares 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 261e or 361e: In addition to the above, 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 to more conceptual development. Talmud 461e: In addition to the above, students are expected to achieve proficiency in techniques of advanced conceptualization of talmudic text and commentaries. Topics include: fundamental issues of ariyos and capital liability, issues of warning and the death penalty, elements of machnisa lakipa and kanayim pogaim bo. 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 161e: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in Judaic Studies, Jurisprudence, Near Eastern Studies, or Religion. Talmud 261e or 361e: In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Judaic Studies, Jurisprudence, Near Eastern Studies, or Religion. Talmud 461e: In the upper division baccalaureate degree category,3 semester hours in Judaic Studies, Jurisprudence, Near Eastern Studies, or Religion or in the graduate degree category, 2 semester hours in Judaic Studies, Jurisprudence, Near Eastern Studies, or Religion (2/04) (2/09 Administrative Review). NOTE: Credit should only be awarded once for Talmud 161e, 261e, 361e, 461e (undergraduate level credit recommendation) or 361f. Credit can be awarded for Talmud 361f and Talmud 461e at the graduate degree level.

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