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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

Introduction to the History of Jewish Literature (History of Literature 101)

Formerly The History of Biblical and Rabbinic Literature (Literature 101); History of Jewish Literature (Literature 101)
Proficiency examination program administered through the Torah Accreditation Liaison.
Torah Accreditation Liaison (TAL) authorized proctor sites.
January 2008 - Present.
Instructional delivery format: 
Proficiency exam
Learner Outcomes: 

Students are required to display a broad knowledge of the historical background of the 24 Books of the Bible and the Oral Torah, the authors and their lives, basic content of each book, major historical events contained within each book, and the development of the Talmud and its commentaries and post-Talmudic literature.


The examination is intended to measure a body of knowledge that candidates have acquired through prior learning experiences. The exam focuses on the Bible in terms of its basic content and historical context, the Talmud (Mishna, Gemara, Gaonim, Rishonim and Achronim), essential books of law and Jewish thought and the major rabbinical figures behind these works.

Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 5 semester hours in Jewish History, Judaic Studies, Literature, Near Eastern Studies, or Religion (2/08) (3/12 revalidation) (3/17 revalidation) (3/22 revalidation).