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    Bible courses (BIBL) are offered at the beginning, elementary, intermediate and advanced levels. Please see the Schedule of Classes for the current semester’s offerings.

    BIBL 1015; 1016 Introduction to the Bible
    3 credits

    Authorship and canonization; Masoretic text; translations of the Bible; survey of medieval exegesis; modern Biblical studies; bibliographical and methodological guidance. For advanced students.

    BIBL 1081; 1082 Introduction to Exegesis
    3 credits

    Principles of biblical interpretation; survey of classical exegetes.

    BIBL 1083; 1084; 1085; 1086 Topics in Biblical Exegesis
    3 credits

    Selected biblical texts, primarily from the Pentateuch, examined in light of classical and modern Jewish commentaries.

    BIBL 1087; 1088; 1089; 1090 Biblical Exegetes I; II; III; IV
    3 credits

    Survey of the major exegetes, classical and modern, analyzing historical background, style, and methodology. First semester: Northern French school; second semester: Spanish school; third semester: Provence and Italy; fourth semester: modern commentators.

    BIBL 1096; 1097, 1098 Nahmanides on Pentateuch
    3 credits

    Analysis of the commentary of Moses Nahmanides (Ramban), his method and terminology, and similarities to—and differences from—other exegetes.

    BIBL 1115, 1116 Pentateuch: Weekly Portion
    3 credits

    The weekly portion of the Pentateuch studied with standardcommentaries. For intermediate-level students.

    BIBL 1119; 1120 Pentateuch: Weekly Portion
    3 credits

    The weekly portion of the Pentateuch studied with standard commentaries.

    BIBL 1150 through 1199 Selected Topics in the Pentateuch

    BIBL 1159; 1160 Women in the Bible
    3 credits

    BIBL 1161; 1162 Mystical Exegesis I, II (Ohr haChayim)
    3 credits

    BIBL 1171, 1172 Personal Development in the Bible I, II
    3 credits

    BIBL 1201; 1202 The Book of Genesis
    3 credits

    Basic introduction to the Pentateuch. Translation and exposition of the text in accordance with standard commentaries, with introduction to Rashi. For elementary students.

    BIBL 1203; 1204 The Book of Genesis
    3 credits

    Same content as 1201; 1202 with selections from Rashi. For lower intermediate students.

    BIBL 1205; 1206 The Book of Genesis
    3 credits

    Same content as 1201; 1202 with selected passages from Rashi and other commentators. For intermediate students.

    BIBL 1207; 1208 The Book of Genesis
    3 credits

    Same as 1205; 1206; for upper intermediate students.

    BIBL 1209; 1210 The Book of Genesis
    3 credits

    Intensive study using classical and modern commentaries. For advanced students.

    BIBL 1211; 1212; 1213; 1214 Topics in Genesis
    3 credits

    BIBL 1303; 1304 The Book of Exodus
    3 credits

    Translation and exposition of the text in accordance with standard commentaries; selected passages from Rashi and other commentators. For lower intermediate students.

    BIBL 1305; 1306 The Book of Exodus
    3 credits

    Same as 1303; 1304; for intermediate students.

    BIBL1307; 1308 The Book of Exodus
    3 credits

    Same as 1303; 1304; for upper intermediate students.

    BIBL 1309; 1310 The Book of Exodus
    3 credits

    Intensive study using classical and modern commentaries. For advanced students.

    BIBL 1311; 1312; 1313; 1314 Topics in Exodus
    3 credits

    BIBL 1405; 1406 The Book of Leviticus
    3 credits

    For intermediate students.

    BIBL 1407; 1408 The Book of Leviticus
    3 credits

    Same as 1405; 1406; for upper intermediate students.

    BIBL 1409; 1410 The Book of Leviticus
    3 credits

    Intensive study using classical and modern commentaries. For advanced students.

    BIBL 1411; 1412 Topics in Leviticus
    3 credits

    BIBL 1503, 1504 Book of Numbers
    3 credits

    Translation and exposition of the text in accordance with standard commentaries; selected passages from Rashi and other commentators. For lower intermediate students.

    BIBL 1505; 1506 The Book of Numbers
    3 credits

    Translation and exposition of the text in accordance with standard commentaries; selected passages from Rashi and other commentators. For intermediate students.

    BIBL 1507; 1508 The Book of Numbers
    3 credits

    Same as 1505; 1506; for upper intermediate students.

    BIBL 1509; 1510 The Book of Numbers
    3 credits

    Intensive study using classical and modern commentaries. For advanced students.

    BIBL 1511; 1512 Topics in Numbers
    3 credits

    BIBL 1605; 1606 The Book of Deuteronomy
    3 credits

    Translation and exposition of the text in accordance with standard commentaries; selected passages from Rashi and other commentators. For intermediate students.

    BIBL 1607; 1608 The Book of Deuteronomy
    3 credits

    Translation and exposition of the text in accordance with standard commentaries; selected passages from Rashi and other commentators. For upper intermediate students.

    BIBL 1609; 1610 The Book of Deuteronomy
    3 credits

    Intensive study using classical and modern commentaries. For advanced students.

    BIBL 1611; 1612 Topics in Deuteronomy
    3 credits

    BIBL 2049; 2050 The Haftarot
    3 credits

    Those portions of the Prophets used as synagogue lessons. For advanced students.

    BIBL 2107; 2108 Early Prophet
    3 credits

    The Books of Joshua, Judges, Samuel and Kings. Textual study with classical and modern commentaries.

    BIBL 2109; 2110 Early Prophets
    3 credits

    Selections from the Early Prophets, with classical commentaries. First semester: conquest of Canaan and early Judges; second semester: later Judges and the establishment of the Monarchy. For advanced students.

    BIBL 2114 through 2365 Early Prophet
    3 credits

    Specific portions of the text, with classical and modern commentaries.

    BIBL 2115, 2116 Joshua
    3 credits

    For intermediate students.

    BIBL 2117; 2118 Joshua
    3 credits

    For upper intermediate students.

    BIBL 2119; 2120 Joshua
    3 credits

    For advanced students.

    BIBL 2121 Judges
    3 credits

    For intermediate students.

    BIBL 2122; 2123 Judges
    3 credits

    For upper intermediate students.

    BIBL 2125; 2126 Judges
    3 credits

    For advanced students.

    BIBL 2148; 2149 Samuel
    3 credits

    For intermediate students.

    BIBL 2152; 2153 Samuel I
    3 credits

    For upper intermediate students.

    BIBL 2154; 2155 Samuel II
    3 credits

    For upper intermediate students.

    BIBL 2156; 2157 Samuel I
    3 credits

    For advanced students.

    BIBL 2158; 2159 Samuel II
    3 credits

    For advanced students.

    BIBL 2160 Topics in Samuel
    3 credits

    BIBL 2355; 2356 Kings
    3 credits

    For intermediate students.

    BIBL 2357; 2358 Kings I
    3 credits

    For upper intermediate students.

    BIBL 2359; 2360 Kings I
    3 credits

    For advanced students.

    BIBL 2363 Topics in Kings
    3 credits

    BIBL 2500 through 2879 The Later Prophets
    3 credits

    Texts studied with classical and modern commentaries; literary analysis; emphasis on historical background and religious and social problems considered by the Prophets.

    BIBL 2501; 2502 Later Prophets—Survey
    3 credits

    BIBL 2503; 2504 Isaiah
    3 credits

    BIBL 2505; 2506 Topics in Isaiah
    3 credits

    BIBL 2555; 2556 Jeremiah
    3 credits

    BIBL 2605; 2606 Ezekiel
    3 credits

    BIBL 2653 Minor Prophets
    3 credits

    BIBL 2658 Seven Minor Prophets
    3 credits

    BIBL 2805; 2806 Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi
    3 credits

    BIBL 3000 through 3999 Hagiographa
    3 credits

    Texts of the Ketuvim studied with classical and modern commentaries; literary analysis; historical backgrounds and themes.

    BIBL 3205; 3206 Psalms
    3 credits

    For lower intermediate students.

    BIBL 3207; 3208 Psalms
    3 credits

    For upper intermediate students.

    BIBL 3209; 3210 Psalms
    3 credits

    For advanced students.

    BIBL 3257; 3258 Proverbs
    3 credits

    BIBL 3307; 3308 Job
    3 credits

    BIBL 3403, 3404 Five Megillot
    3 credits

    For intermediate students.

    BIBL 3407; 3408 Five Megillot
    3 credits

    For upper intermediate students.

    BIBL 3409; 3410 Five Megillot
    3 credits

    For advanced students.

    BIBL 3415; 3416 Song of Songs
    3 credits

    BIBL 3450 Ruth
    3 credits

    BIBL 3510 Lamentations
    3 credits

    BIBL 3659; 3660 Ecclesiastes
    3 credits

    BIBL 3709; 3710 Esther
    3 credits

    BIBL 3711; 3712 Selected Megillot
    3 credits

    BIBL 3720 Topics in Megillot
    3 credits

    For upper intermediate students.

    BIBL 3730 Topics in Megillot
    3 credits

    For advanced students.

    BIBL 3807 Daniel
    3 credits

    BIBL 3857 Ezra-Nehemiah
    3 credits

    BIBL 3909 Chronicles
    3 credits

    BIBL 4002; 4003 Biblical Narrative
    3 credits

    Narrative forms in prose and historical books; readings in biblical narratives, espe¬cially of the Pentateuch, with accompanying medieval and modern commentaries.

    BIBL 4021; 4022 Biblical Poetry
    3 credits

    Poetic portions of the Bible, with emphasis on the literary qualities of these passages and the commentaries of the major exegetes. First semester: the Pentateuch; second semester: the Prophets.

    BIBL 4138 Bible and Near East
    3 credits

    BIBL 4519 Biblical Aramaic
    3 credits

    BIBL 4520 The Targumim
    3 credits

    The Aramaic translations and commentaries on the Bible (Onkelos, Jerusalem, and Jonathan) and their application to biblical exegesis.

    BIBL 4901, 4902 Independent Study
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