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Advanced Genesis II (BIB-400)
Various: distance learning format

Varies (self-study; self-paced)

March 2022 - Present.

Subject Area:
Judaic Studies

Number of Credits:

Learner Outcomes:

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of the concepts and themes found throughout the entire Book of Genesis along with its medieval and modern commentaries; Students will be able to solve apparent contradictions in the verses and explain the hermeneutic principles which are applied to verses to gain new insight; Students will also explain legal rulings derived from the text found in major law books as well as interpret ethical issues which emerge from the text; In addition, students will be required to write five-one hundred-word essays connecting sources to a variety of themes using source material from the Chumash and selected commentaries; One essay will require the student to demonstrate an ability to translate from Hebrew to English.


Advanced Genesis II (BIB-400) will assess the students’ knowledge of the Book of Genesis on an advanced level. Students will be required to have a broad knowledge of classical commentaries on the Book of Genesis including: The Talmud, Midrash, Rashi, Ramban, Sforno, and R’ Samson R. Hirsch among others. Students will have a deep understanding of how the commentators analyze the Bible, with a focus on philosophical and ethical principles derived from the verses. Topics include: The purpose of Creation, the exile from Eden, Noah and the Ark, Abraham and the ten tests, the binding of Isaac, the selling of Josef, the exile to Egypt and more.

Credit recommendation:

In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Judaic Studies, Near Eastern Studies, or Religion (2/22).