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Exodus I (BIB-101)
Various: distance learning format

Varies (self-study; self-paced)

November 2020 - Present.

Subject Area:
Judaic Studies

Number of Credits:

Learner Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of the learning experience, students will be able to demonstrate measurable higher-level thinking skill of the text and selected commentary of Rashi on the first half of the Book of Exodus (chapters 1-17). Included in this will be the ability to identify the correct English interpretation of Hebrew words and phrases in the Book of Exodus. Students will also be able to analyze and explain selections of text and Rashi’s commentary, be able to elucidate the inconsistency or textual problem that Rashi is attempting to solve based on his use of hermeneutics, identify from where in the text Rashi derived his interpretation, and explain the significance of Rashi’s solutions in terms of ethical and religious behavior. Students will be able to do this analysis even on comments of Rashi that are not given on the list of selections.

This distance learning course covers the first half of the Book of Exodus (chapter 1-17, consisting of Parshiyot Shemos through Beshalach) and selected commentaries of Rashi. Topics include the birth and development of Moshe, Egyptian slavery, the ten plagues, the exodus, the korban pesach (the sacrifice slaughtered and eaten on the first eve of Passover) and other commandments given to remember the exodus, the splitting of the Red Sea, and the mann (food from heaven) and the quail which Bnei Yisrael (the Israelites) ate in the desert.

Credit Recommendation:
In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in Judaic Studies, Near Eastern Studies, or Religion (11/20).