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Talmud 147, 247, or 347 - Bava Batra I (T147, T247, or T347)

42.5 hours (5 weeks); in addition, 112.5 hours of supervised peer study.
Mercaz HaTorah, Talpiot, Jerusalem, Israel.
August 2001 - Present.
Instructional delivery format: 
Traditional classroom model
Learner Outcomes: 

First year students will be able to: discuss the substance and essence of the Talmudic text; apply analytical skills in Talmudic explication; follow the dynamics of Talmudic argumentation leading to Halachic conclusions and resolutions; utilize the major medieval, modern, and contemporary commentaries to comprehend the underlying assumptions and consequences of the legal principles implicit in the text. Second year students and beyond: In addition to the outcomes above, students will be able to analyze abstract legal concepts and formulate abstract legal categories based on the Talmudic text.


Students read and study tractate Bava Batra employing the major standard commentaries. Instruction and peer study involve the fundamental legal principles of partnerships between neighbors concerning their properties. NOTE: This tractate is studied by all students in a given semester. While the scope of instruction is the same, the depth of study depends upon what year of study the student is in.

Credit recommendation: 

First year students: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 2 semester hours in Judaic Studies, Jurisprudence, Near Eastern Studies, or Religion; Second year students and beyond: In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 2 semester hours in Judaic Studies, Jurisprudence, Near Eastern Studies, or Religion (4/02) (8/08 revalidation) (7/22 revalidation). NOTE: Credit can be awarded for this course, Bava Batra II and the Survey course of the same title.