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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 204 Numbers I and II

Formerly JBS 204 Numbers


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 the travels and encampment of the Jewish people in the desert during the forty years following their exodus from Egypt; discuss the many miracles experienced by the Jewish people during this period and analyze their results; explore the major positive and negative events that occurred during this period and their impact on the Jewish people; compare and contrast the various wars that were fought in the desert as the Jewish people approached the land of Israel; discuss the special position of the Levites and delineate their responsibilities; categorize the various commandments that were done exclusively in Israel: analyze the role of Moses during the forty year wandering in the desert; and discuss the transition of the Jewish nation from a nation of slaves to a nation that was physically, morally, and spiritually prepared to conquer Israel.


Guided by the classic Rashi commentary, students develop a thorough knowledge of the entire text. Topics include: the order of the three camps in the desert; the laws of sotah, the unfaithful wife; the unfortunate mission of the spies to Israel and the consequences; the rebellion of Korach; the sad aftermath of the events at Mei Mireva; the death of Miriam and Aaron; Balak’s and Bilaam’s attempt to curse the Jewish people and G-d’s intervention; the courage of Pinchus and his reward; and the cities of refuge.

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).