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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

Intermediate Talmud 402 (REL447)

Formerly Advanced Talmud 402 (REL447)

39 hours (13 weeks).

Maalot, Jerusalem, and other authorized locations.

September 2009 - August 2021.

Instructional delivery format: 
Traditional classroom model
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: list and discuss classical commentators, medieval and contemporary and identify their origin and location within the Vilna edition of the Talmud or outside references; dissect and explain classic Gemara structure as well as define concepts found throughout the Talmud; and demonstrate a thorough knowledge of Gemara together with the Rashi and Tosafos commentaries on the material covered based on the understanding and elucidation of later medieval and contemporary exegesis.


Major focus of this course includes: identifying nature of text, e.g., legal or supra-legal, identifying primary and supplemental material through analysis of the Talmudic discussion in search of the axiological concepts around which the discussion revolves through analysis of its structure. The course allows for a cross-section of different kinds of texts giving students a broad range of topics with which to apply numerous research techniques and gain a familiarity with different commentaries and their style. The text may vary from course to course as per instructor's choice.  Students also learn the stylistic differences between later commentators and the hierarchical structure of commentators in general thereby gaining the knowledge of when and how to use each commentary in order to research a passage of the Talmud.  The Intermediate Talmud courses become progressively more advanced students are expected to gain independence in researching and studying early and contemporary commentaries especially in the analysis of the Tosofos commentary to the Talmud. Students also acquire knowledge at a greater depth as he progresses from course to course through the year.

Credit recommendation: 

In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Talmud or Hebraic Studies (10/10) (8/15 revalidation).