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Bible 301 - Advanced Studies on Midrashic Literature relating to the Weekly Torah Portion (B301)

40 hours (40 weeks).
Mercaz HaTorah, Talpiot, Jerusalem, Israel.
August 2003 - Present.
Instructional delivery format: 
Traditional classroom model
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: discuss the methodology of Midrashic literature, particularly as it relates to the Biblical text; develop skills in extracting moral, ethical and theological insight contained in the Midrash and the underlying Biblical text; and apply these insights to the growth and development of the religious personality. 


This is a year-long course dedicated to the comprehensive and analytic study of selected themes in the weekly Torah portion with emphasis on Rabbinic Midrash as the primary hermeneutic tool. Emphasis is placed on moral, ethical and theological concepts that emerge from the Midrash and their contribution to the development and growth of the religious personality. Midrash Raba and Midrash Tanhuma will be the main Midrashic sources. 

Credit recommendation: 

In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Judaic Studies, Near Eastern Studies, or Religion (7/04) (8/08 revalidation) (11/14 revalidation) (12/19 revalidation).