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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

The Twelve Tribes of the Bible (REL297)


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 2010 - 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 Biblical themes and articulate concepts related to the matriarchs and the individual tribes descended from them and demonstrate a sophisticated level of textual analysis in a wide variety of sources, spanning from the Bible itself to Rabbinic works, medieval commentaries, contemporary thinkers and Hassidic masters.


Major topics include the study of the matriarchs Rachel and Leah, specifically their respective roles as mothers of the tribes; an exploration of the concept of twelve tribes and the significance of this number; study of the individual tribes of Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Asher, Benjamin, Naphtali, Dan and Judah. Using a thematic approach, each tribe is studied from birth, and the various incidents in the Bible involving individual tribes are examined, as inter-generational links, common character traits, and life lessons are revealed. Topics may vary. Methods of instruction include lecture, discussion, and textual preparation.

Credit recommendation: 

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