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Genesis I (BIB-103)
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 knowledge of the text and selected commentary of Rashi on the first half of the Book of Genesis (1:1-25:18). Included in this will be the ability to identify the correct English interpretation of Hebrew words and phrases in the Book of Genesis. 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 self-study course covers the first half of the Book of Genesis (1:1-25:18, consisting of Parshiot Breishis through Chayei Sarah) and selected commentaries of Rashi. Topics include the Creation, the exile from Eden, the first fratricide, the generations of the Great Flood and the Tower of Bavel, Abraham and Sarah and their relationship with G-d, the destruction of Sodom the binding of Isaac, and the selection of Rivkah.

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