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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

Coopersmith Career Consulting | Evaluated Learning Experience

Advanced Bible: Women in the Torah (BIB-378)


Varies (self-study; self-paced).

Various; distance learning format.

March 2021 - Present. 

Instructional delivery format: 
Online/distance learning
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to: to identify the main references to women in the Pentateuch; explain interpretations of the midrash, rishonim, and ba’alei musar of incidents involving women in the Torah, and identify the textual sources of these interpretations; recognize laws of the Torah that apply specifically to women; discuss how contemporary female traditional Orthodox Torah teachers interpret laws of the Torah that apply to women in a manner relevant and understandable to contemporary women; explain how learning about the women of the Torah reveals universal truths about women, Jewish women, male/female relationships, and marriage; and apply the lessons learned from women of the Torah to contemporary situations.


This learning experience seeks to bring deeper understanding of the main female characters of the Pentateuch and of numerous Torah laws pertaining specifically to women. The course examines relevance of the female characters as interpreted by Rabbis from the composers of the midrash through current times, as well as the lessons gleaned by contemporary female Torah teachers. A major focus is on the lessons learned from the women of the Torah as they apply to Jewish women today in daily life and spiritual growth. Some of the specific topics include analysis of Chava, the Matriarchs, and Miriam and laws related to family, purity, and divorce.

Credit recommendation: 

In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Bible Studies, Judaic Studies, Religion, Sociology, or Women’s Studies (5/21).