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Intermediate Talmud (Talmud 310)
February 2022 - Present.
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to: identify the rules promulgated in the applicable Talmudic section; describe the rulemaking and thought processes used by the Talmud and its commentaries to generate legal rulings and principles in the applicable section; analyze the discussions, debates and arguments made in the Talmud and commentaries in the applicable section; explain the strength and weakness of each position in presented Talmudic debate; resolve apparent difficulties in the Talmud through students own thought processes and by referencing applicable commentaries.
Intermediate Talmud challenges students mind through an in-depth study of the Babylonian Talmud. Students examine the prescribed section including major selected commentaries, focusing on legal, philosophical and ethical principles. Although topics will vary by prescribed chapters, all students will be asked to engage in in-depth study and analysis and to achieve mastery of the prescribed Talmudic section. Students consult with Talmudic experts on the appropriate subject and may be subject to oral and/or written assessments by these experts to assess achievement.
In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Judaic Studies, Near Eastern Studies, or Religious Studies (2/22). NOTE: A two digit sub-code [01 through 63] which follows the title 'Intermediate Talmud (Talmud 310) specifies individual tractates within the intermediate level of Talmudic Studies. Students complete multiple tractates and credit may be awarded for completion for each intermediate Talmud tractate.