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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

Center for Academic and Religious Excellence (C.A.R.E.) | Evaluated Learning Experience

JBS 201 Genesis I and II

Formerly JBS 201 Genesis


Proficiency examination administered at the Center for Academic and Religious Excellence (C.A.R.E.) testing center or authorized proctor sites.

June 2015 - Present.

Instructional delivery format: 
Hybrid course/exam
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the examination, students will be able to demonstrate proficiency as follows: describe G-d’s creation of the world; discuss the lives and culture of the pre-Abrahamitic population of the Middle East; describe and discuss the major events in the lives of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and analyze their significance; compare and contrast the roles of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob as the progenitors of the Jewish people; and explain the significance of G-d’s promise of the land of Cana’an to thier forefathers.


Guided by the classic Rashi commentary, students develop a thorough knowledge of the entire text. Topics include: Creation of the world; Adam and Chava, Cain (Kayin) and Abel (Hevel); the travels of Abraham to and from Cana’an; Hagar and Sarah, Yishmael and Isaac; Sara’s death and Isaac’s marriage to Rebecca; Jacob and Eisav, their relationships with each other and with their parents; Jacob’s sojourn in Charan; Jacob’s wives and the eleven tribes; Jacob’s return to Cana’an; Binyamins’s birth and the death of Rachel; Joseph – his relationship with his father and brothers, his descent to Egypt and events in Egypt; Joseph’s reconciliation with his brothers and reunion with his father; the descent of Jacob and his family to Egypt; and the death of Jacob and his burial in Cana’an.

Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 6 semester hours in Judaic Studies, Comparative Literature, Biblical Studies, or Religious Studies (6/15) (4/21 revalidation).