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BIB 1015 or 1015H Introduction to the Bible
2–3 credits

Authorship and canonization; text transmission; Masoretic text; translations of the Bible; Bible in its ancient Near Eastern context; Jewish biblical interpretation through the ages. At Yeshiva College, BIB 1015 is a prerequisite for all other courses.

BIB 1071 Biblical Midrashim
2 credits

Introduction to the Aggadah; literary study of authorship, style, and contents of the major Tannaitic Midrashim; emphasis on their use in biblical exegesis.

BIB 1072 or 1072H Rabbinic Biblical Legal Exegesis
3 credits

The methods of legal exegesis of the Midreshei Halakhah and the Babylonian Talmud, with emphasis on the way in which rabbinic tradition dealt with the problem of providing legally meaningful interpretations of each stylistic nuance of the legal portions of the Pentateuch.

BIB 1083 or 1083H Early Jewish Biblical Interpretations
3 credits

A survey of the development of Jewish biblical interpretation from its earliest representation in the late books of the Bible through its various manifestations during the Second Temple and rabbinic periods. Touches upon the major works as well as the significant methods and types of interpretation originating in these periods.

BIB 1085; 1086 Topics in Biblical Exegesis I; II
2 credits

Selected Pentateuchal texts, examined in light of classical and modern Jewish commentaries, with emphasis on literary and theological analysis. May be repeated for credit with variation of content.

BIB 1096 Nahmanides on Pentateuch
2 credits

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

BIB 1159 Great Biblical Personalities
3 credits

In-depth study of major personalities from the Bible and the Prophets.

BIB 1187 Man and Society
3 credits

Laws governing the society of man (Exodus 20–23; Leviticus 19, 20, 24, 25; Deuteronomy 12–25).

BIB 1188 Man and the Divine
3 credits

The laws of purity, sacrifice, the Sabbath, and Festivals.

BIB 1201, 1202 The Book of Genesis
3–6 credits

BIB 1213 or 1213H Genesis and Literature
3 credits

Topics in Genesis, including creation of man, original sin, Cain and Abel, and the Akeda, studied together with their literary afterlife, including Milton, Unamuno, Augustine, Kierkegaard, and traditional Jewish exegesis and homiletics.

BIB 1305; 1306 The Book of Exodus
2–4 credits

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

BIB 1407; 1408 Leviticus
3 credits

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

BIB 1507; 1508 The Book of Numbers
3 credits

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

BIB 1609; 1610 The Book of Deuteronomy
3 credits

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

BIB 2107 Early Prophets
3 credits

Selections from Joshua, Judges, Samuel, or Kings, with emphasis on historical context and analysis of literary technique and theological concepts.

BIB 2109; 2110 Early Prophets
3 credits

Selections from the Early Prophets, with classical commentaries; emphasis on historiographic study and the use of archaeological findings. First semester: conquest of Canaan and early Judges; second semester: later Judges and the establishment of the Monarchy. For advanced students.

BIB 2117; 2118 Joshua/Judges
2–3 credits

BIB 2157-2158 Samuel
2–3 credits

BIB 2358-2359 Kings
2–3 credits

BIB 2500-2879 The Later Prophets
Texts studied with classical and modern commentaries; literary and theological analysis; historical context.

BIB 2505 Isaiah
2–3 credits

BIB 2555 Jeremiah
2–3 credits

BIB 2605 Ezekiel
2–3 credits

BIB 2656 Amos and Hosea
2–3 credits

BIB 2658 Seven Minor Prophets
2–3 credits

BIB 2805 Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi
2–3 credits

BIB 3000-3999 Hagiographa
Texts studied with classical and modern commentaries; literary and theological analysis; historical context.

BIB 3209 Psalms
2–3 credits

BIB 3257 Proverbs
2–3 credits

BIB 3307 Job
2–3 credits

BIB 3409; 3410 Five Megillot
2–3 credits

BIB 3659 Ecclesiastes
2–3 credits

BIB 3807 Daniel
2–3 credits

BIB 3857 Ezra-Nehemiah
2–3 credits

BIB 4002 Biblical Narrative
2–3 credits

Readings in biblical narratives in light of classical medieval and modern commentaries and modern literary theories.

BIB 4021 Biblical Poetry
2–3 credits

Readings in biblical poetry in light of classical medieval and modern commentaries and modern literary theories.

BIB 4136 Biblical Archaeology
2–3 credits

BIB 4138 Bible and Ancient Near East
2–3 credits

BIB 4520 Targumim
2–3 credits

The Aramaic translations of the Pentateuch and their place in biblical exegesis.

BIB 4901, 4902 Independent Study
Meet with the Yeshiva College academic dean.

BIB 4950 Bachelor’s Thesis
3 credits

Independent work, under faculty guidance, in an area of biblical study. An acceptable thesis will show diligent research in primary sources, scholarly organization, and clear exposition of material. (9 hours)
Prerequisite: Bible major or minor and senior status.