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Bible 101 - Studies in the Pentateuch (B101)

50 hours (40 weeks).
Mercaz HaTorah, Talpiot, Jerusalem, Israel.
August 1991 - Present.
Instructional delivery format: 
Traditional classroom model
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: recognize the gamut of Biblical exegesis and its components; compare different commentaries and approaches to the Biblical text; master the literary genres of the Biblical text; and apply the ethical and philosophical implications of the Biblical text to contemporary living.


A year-long study of the five books of Moses (Pentateuch) guided by classical commentaries. Topics include: Creation, early man, the Deluge, Noachide history and code, the early history of the Patriarchs, Redemption and the Decalogue, Leviticus, concepts of holiness, holiday cycle, historical elements of the sojourn in the desert, Deuteronomy, historical narrative, and legal and judicial institutions.

Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in Judaic Studies, Near Eastern Studies, or Religion (4/94) (5/99 revalidation) (7/01 revalidation) (8/08 revalidation) (11/14 revalidation) (12/19 revalidation).