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Advanced Numbers (BIB-430)
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 Numbers along with its medieval and modern commentaries; solve apparent contradictions in the verses; explain the hermeneutic principles which are applied to verses to gain new insight; explain legal rulings derived from the text found in major law books; interpret ethical issues which emerge from the text; connect sources to a variety of themes using source material from the Chumash and selected commentaries; and translate Hebrew to English in written format.


Advanced Numbers (BIB-430) will assess the students’ knowledge of the Book of Numbers on an advanced level. Students will be required to have a broad knowledge of classical commentaries on the Book of Numbers 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: censuses, the laws of Nazir, rebellions, the encampment, laws of inheritance, laws of vows, the spies, Aaron’s death and more.

Credit recommendation:

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