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Advanced Leviticas II (BIB-420)
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 Leviticus 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 Leviticas II (BIB-420) will assess the students’ knowledge of the Book of Leviticus on an advanced level. Students will be required to have a broad knowledge of classical commentaries on the Book of Leviticus 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 Sacrifices, Priestly Service, Priestly blessings, and laws relating to Priests, kosher and non-kosher species, spiritual contamination, tzoras, and more. Suggestions for review: Students may rely on background knowledge and review any resources they wish to prepare for the exam.

Credit recommendation:

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