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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

Maalot Educational Network | Evaluated Learning Experience

Genesis: The Biblical Origins of Jewish Genealogy (REL250)


Classroom: 39 hours (13 weeks); Distance/Hybrid: Varies. 

Traditional classroom-based offered at Maalot, Jerusalem, and other authorized locations. Distance learning and hybrid options available.

September 2020 - Present.

Instructional delivery format: 
Traditional classroom model
Online/distance learning
Hybrid course/exam
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to discuss the details of the lives of the Patriarchs and Matriarchs as well as the ethical, moral and theological motifs of their narratives; conduct independent research into Biblical texts and analyze their findings; apply this information to create a family tree and an extensive research paper that highlights the connection of each Jew to his own ethical and historic roots using the Patriarchs and Matriarchs as a paradigm.


Major topics include: G-d’s chariot, need for caution in studying the lives of the Patriarchs and Matriarchs, instilling character traits in one’s descendants, Avraham against the world, Avraham spreads word of G-d’s existence, G-d’s love for Avraham, differences between Noah and Avraham, Sarah’s response, Yitzchak’s gevurah and tefilla, Rivkah’s binah yeseirah, Yakov and truth, Leah’s inner desire, Rachel’s mercy, beauty and commentary on being buried alone,  Ultimate purpose of the world’s existence. Topics and sources may vary. Prerequisite: Ability to read and comprehend Hebrew language familiarity with courses in Biblical texts and exegesis.

Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category OR in the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Judaic Studies, Biblical Studies, History, Religious Studies (3/21).