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Advanced Bible: Women in the Torah (BIB-378)
Various: distance learning format

Varies (self-study; self-paced)

March 2021 - Present.

Subject Area:
Judaic Studies

Number of Credits:

Learner Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to: to identify the main references to women in the Pentateuch; to demonstrate knowledge of the interpretations of the midrash, rishonim, and ba’alei musar of incidents involving women in the Torah, and to identify the textual sources of these interpretations; to recognize laws of the Torah that apply specifically to women; to understand how contemporary female traditional Orthodox Torah teachers interpret laws of the Torah which apply to women in a manner relevant and understandable to contemporary women; to demonstrate how learning about the women of the Torah reveals universal truths about women, Jewish women, male/female relationships, and marriage; and to apply the lessons learned from women of the Torah to contemporary situations.


This learning experience seeks to bring deeper understanding of the main female characters of the Pentateuch and of numerous Torah laws pertaining specifically to women. The course will examine the relevance of the female characters as interpreted by the rabbis from the composers of the midrash through current times, as well as the lessons gleaned by contemporary female Torah teachers. A major focus will be the lessons learned from the women of the Torah as they apply to Jewish women today in daily life and spiritual growth. Some of the specific topics will include analysis of Chava, the Matriarchs, and Miriam. Laws examined will include family purity and divorce.

Credit recommendation:

In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Bible Studies, Judaic Studies, Religion, Sociology, or Women’s Studies (5/21).