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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

Women in the Bible II (REL298)


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: analyze primary sources that delve into the role of Jewish women in particular and the Jewish people as a whole; learn to isolate facets of those concepts and examine their interplay to gain a new perspective on women in the Bible and also on Judaism and human nature.


Major topics include Women of the Bible as role models; Sarah; ruach hakodesh; barrenness of the matriarchs, why family matters in a shidduch; Rivkah; significance of Rivka’s bridal gifts, Rochel and Leah and their descendants, women’s challenges with honesty, the ideal marriage relationship, why a woman adopts her husband’s minhagimShaatnez as a metaphor, vulnerability, two kinds of gehinnom, the power behind the throne, women’s wisdom. Topics may vary. Methods of instruction include lecture, discussion, and textual preparation. In preparing the exegetic texts that relate to women in the Bible, students will demonstrate proficiency in textual analysis of primary materials written throughout Jewish history.

Credit recommendation: 

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