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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

Rechtschaffen Institute of Judaic Studies | Evaluated Learning Experience

Jewish Marriage in Law and Tradition (SOC 307)


Varies; self-study format.

Various; distance learning format.

March 2021 - Present.

Instructional delivery format: 
Online/distance learning
Hybrid course/exam
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the learning experience, students will be able to: describe the fundamentally different view of women and marriage between Judaism and ancient Greece and Rome; explain how interpretation of the Biblical story of the creation of man led to fundamentally different views of marriage between Judaism and Christianity; explain the motivation for marriage in Judaism – divine commandment and ethical imperative; understand the nature of the marriage bond as viewed by the classical sources; identify the Biblical and Rabbinic sources for various prohibited marriages; identify the sources for the various traditional criteria for spouse selection; discuss the foundation of love in marriage; compare and contrast the traditional Jewish view of love with that of the secular world; and outline the division of roles and responsibilities in marriage; understand the nature of divorce in traditional Judaism.


Major topics include: perception of marriage in the ancient world, the Christian Church’s view on marriage, the biblical account of Adam as a basis for marriage, marriage as an obligation, the ethical imperative of marriage, marriage as a contract, the spouse selection process, the concept of love in general and in marriage, and the different roles of men and women in Jewish marriage.

Credit recommendation: 

In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 6 semester hours in Sociology, Religious Studies, History, Judaic Studies, Anthropology, or Jewish History (8/21).