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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

Studies in the Book of Exodus (REL264)

Formerly Analysis of Hebrew Scriptures: Exodus (REL264)

39 hours (13 weeks) or equivalent for proficiency exam. 

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

September 2009 - Present.

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

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: articulate analyses of major religious, ethical, halachic, philosophical and historical elements of the Book of Exodus, through referring to Biblical, Midrashic, Rabbinic and later sources; and demonstrate proficiency in textual analysis of primary materials written throughout the multi-millennial span of Jewish history.


Major topics include names and their significance; reasons for exile to Egypt and redemption from Egypt; why Moshe was chosen; the signs given to Moshe and Pharaoh; “He who wants to become pure is made pure”; the plagues – their progression, grouping, correspondence with the ten “statements” of creation; lunar-based calendar; Song at the Sea; splitting of the sea; essence of song; Amalek; mann – food for the body and the soul; the Chosen People and their interactions with others; man made in G-d’s image; Decalogue; interconnection of Written and Oral Torah; mishkan; eiruv rav; angels; chukim; Divine Providence; Thirteen Attributes of Mercy; first and second stone tablets of the law; rays of light shine from Moshe’s face. Topics may vary. Methods of instruction include lecture, discussion, and textual preparation.

Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category OR in the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Hebraic Scriptures, Judaic Studies, or Religious Studies (10/10) (8/15 revalidation) (3/21 revalidation).