MELANG 410 - Topics in Middle East Languages
Fall 2021, Section 001 - Problems in the Hebrew Text of Qoheleth-Ecclesiastes
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Subject: Middle East Languages (MELANG)
Department: LSA Middle East Studies
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The book of Qoheleth, or Ecclesiastes, is unique and provocative as it states powerfully and repeatedly that everything in life is "vanity" (Hebrew hevel: "worthless?"). Yet, in spite of the universally recognized focus that this concept brings to the book, interpreters understand Qoheleth's message in surprisingly different ways: the author either advocates for an uncompromising cynicism, or at best a pervasive pessimism or skepticism. And yet, still, others propose that the author ardently embraces the celebration of life.

MELANG 410 is designed to achieve two major goals. First is the advancement of the student’s Hebrew philological skills beyond the two-semester sequence (MELANG 101-102 or for graduates 501-502). In fact, the successful completion of MELANG 102 (502) is a prerequisite for enrolling in the course (and with the instructor's permission) as the student will work exclusively with the Masoretic text of Qoheleth.

The second goal is the refinement and advancement of the student’s thinking about central interpretive issues and challenges that emerge from the close study of Qoheleth. The course will comprise a regular weekly rotation of primary and secondary readings, discussions, lectures, and discovery sessions.

Intended Audience:

Intermediate to advanced classical Hebrew students, both undergraduate and graduate levels

Class Format:

Two 90-minute meetings weekly


MELANG 410 - Topics in Middle East Languages
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001 (SEM)
 In Person
TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
Note: Topic- Problems in the Hebrew Text of Qoheleth-Ecclesiastes

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