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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 Numbers: Texts (REL359)

Formerly Analysis of Hebrew Scriptures: Numbers (REL359)

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 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: derive the exact meaning of words and concepts when analyzing the texts of Bamidbar, the Book of Numbers, through meticulous analysis of the classical commentaries and super-commentaries; compare and weigh the various possibilities in disagreements between commentators when studying their discussions using advanced skills in textual analysis.


Major topics include the menora (its construction, shape, the laws of lighting), why the mitzvah was given to Aharon; the Levites replacing the firstborn and the ceremony that took place at that time; the ages at which Levites can work; the sequence of events in Scriptures; Pesach in the midbar; traveling in the midbar; sounding the trumpets; deconstructing, traveling with, and erecting the Mishkan; the wars, trials, miracles and mitzvot of the time of traveling through the midbar. 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).