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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 Psalms (REL240)

Formerly Studies in the Book of Psalms (REL440); Formerly Psalms (REL440)

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
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: identify various types of psalms, including psalms of repentance, prayer, lament, wisdom and praise; interpret and analyze selected sections of the Book of Psalms and relevant rabbinic literature; identify and describe key themes in both the Psalms and in pertinent Rabbinic literature; exhibit advanced skills in textual comprehension when searching for and understanding excerpts from the Bible, the Talmud, and early commentators.


Major topics include an analysis of the various Psalms in their historical context; themes and explications of selected Psalms in light of classical commentaries and rabbinic sources; significance of various headings; Psalms of Thankfulness; acrostic Psalms; nearly-acrostic Psalms; Psalms of the Steps; B’nei Korach; “sela”; Psalms for the days of the week; “Why have You forsaken Me?”; “Ashrei”; reasons for suffering; Divine Providence through natural and supernatural means; the mitzvah of joy in mitzvos; “Hallelujah.” 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 Hebrew Bible, Judaic Studies, or Religious Studies (10/10) (8/15 revalidation) (3/21 revalidation).