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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

Survey of Biblical Themes (REL244)


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 discuss major topics in the Biblical books of Genesis, Exodus and Leviticus and the ethical, moral and theological motifs implicit in the narratives, according to Talmudic and Midrashic sources, as well as the commentaries of Rashi and other classic exegetes.


Major topics include the six days of Creation encapsulate the next 6,000 years, eizer k’negdo, the nature of spiritual trials, how discord spirals, why Lot and his family could not look back, Akeidah, Eliezer’s signs, Rivkah’s middos, Yakov, serenity vs. growth, precision of Divine Providence, the Plagues , Exodus, mitzvos involving Man and G-d are inseparable from mitzvos involving Man and Man, only one who has sinned intentionally will come to sin accidentally since G-d does not cause tzadikim to stumble, Nadav and Avihu, laws of kosher and non-kosher animals. 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).