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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

Torah Accreditation Liaison (TAL) | Evaluated Learning Experience

Advanced Deuteronomy: Intensive Analysis (Bible 215)

Formerly Advanced Deuteronomy: Intensive Analysis (Bible 205)

Varies; offered as a proficiency examination or self-study format. 

Torah Accreditation Liaison (TAL) authorized proctor sites.
Version 1: March 2006 - February 2012. Version 2: March 2012 - Present.
Instructional delivery format: 
Hybrid course/exam
Learner Outcomes: 

Version 1 and 2: Students are required to display knowledge of the entire text of The Book of Deuteronomy with a range of midrashic, medieval and modern commentaries. Based on these commentaries, students should be able to articulate on underlying meanings found in the text, expound on vague or obscure passages, solve apparent moral inconsistencies, elaborate on motivations in the various episodes throughout the text, and analyze various ethical, symbolic and spiritual issues based on the classical commentaries, explain various metaphysical allusions. The Advanced Bible exams focus on conceptual, philosophical and ethical issues and their textual cues and the ability to express concepts and critical thinking in a clear, organized manner based on a range of classical commentaries. 


Version 1 and 2: Proficiency exam: The examination is intended to measure a body of knowledge that the candidate has acquired through prior learning experiences. Classroom-based instruction: Students are expected to master recommended readings and study guide materials. Students are expected to identify and describe key issues of the Book of Deuteronomy (rebuke, judges, wars with Sihon and Og, Ten Commandments, Shema, fear of G-d, Eretz Yisrael, tithes, kings, prophesy, ben sorer and morer, forbidden marriages, gifts to the poor, first fruits, repentance and consolation, Moshe's blessings) with a range of well known Midrashim, sections from the Talmud, medieval and modern commentaries; and articulate a variety of issues in a relatively mature and sophisticated manner through their responses to the examination questions. 

Credit recommendation: 

Version 1: In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Judaic Studies, Near Eastern Studies, or Religion (5/06) (3/12 revalidation). Version 2: In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 5 semester hours in Judaic Studies, Near Eastern Studies, or Religion (3/12) (3/17 revalidation) (3/22 revalidation).