An advanced study of the Book of Genesis with classical and modern commentaries focusing on understanding the major moral, religious, and theological issues. Analyze the narrative of the Book of Genesis and the major moral, religious, and theological issues of the book; examine the text using a variety of classical and modern commentaries; develop and apply biblical research skills and techniques.

A study of the Book of Joshua. Major topics covered in the course are the conquest of the Land of Israel, division of land, tribal boundaries, the charge to Joshua and the inauguration of the cities of refuge.

Sefer Shoftim.

A study of the Book of Judges. Major topics covered in the course are the judgeship of Deborah; the song of Deborah; Gideon’s test of G-d; Jephtha’s vow; the life of Samson; the idol of Micha; and Pilegesh B’Givah.