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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 206 Samuel I and II

Formerly JBS 206 Samuel I; JBS 206 Samuel 1


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: demonstrate familiarity with the Hebrew narrative of Samuel 1; compare and contrast the qualities of Saul and David; discuss the love between David and Jonathan; discuss the leadership of Samuel as a prophet of Israel; analyze the transition from the leadership Samuel, the prophet, to Saul, the king; contrast the early period of the reign of Saul to the later period; and explore the status of Samuel, Saul and David in the history of the prophets and kings of Israel.


Guided by standard medieval commentaries, students develop a thorough knowledge of the entire text. Topics include: the circumstances leading to the birth of Samuel; Samuel’s early years with Eli, the high priest; the events leading up to Saul’s becoming king; the war with Amalek; its effect on Saul as king and the relationship between Samuel and Saul; Samuel as leader of his people; David’s victory over Goliath and its impact on the relationship between Saul and David; David and Jonathan; David’s flight from Saul; Samuel’s death and burial; Saul’s defeat by the Philistines; and David as the progenitor of the future kings of Judea and the original planner of the first Temple.

Credit recommendation: 

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