LSA Course Guide Search Results: UG, Fall 2014, Subject = ACABS

The Department of Near Eastern Studies offers instruction in the languages, literatures, histories, cultures, and religions of the ancient Near East and the medieval and modern Middle East. The department’s language offerings provide the foundation for the academic study of the literatures, histories, cultures, and religions of the region. The ancient language offerings include Sumerian, Egyptian, Akkadian, Hittite, Ugaritic, Avestan, Aramaic, and Classical Hebrew. The medieval and modern language offerings include Armenian, Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, Turkish, and Uzbek.

Special Department Policy: The student must maintain at least a grade of a C in each term of a required concentration language. Those courses for which a student receives a lesser grade must be repeated.

Placement and Proficiency Tests
Language exams are for University of Michigan students who are planning on furthering their language study or want to test out of a language requirement. No preparation is necessary for the placement test – it is intended to be a tool to place you in the course most appropriate for your level.

The division of Ancient Civilizations and Biblical Studies (ACABS) offers instruction at the introductory to advanced levels in the languages, literatures, histories, cultures, and religions of the ancient Near East (Anatolia, Egypt, Mesopotamia, Israel, Jordan, and Syria).

Why Study Classical Hebrew?

Developing competence in Classical Hebrew facilitates access to the ancient texts of Early Israel and ancient Judaism, that is, to the manuscript evidence that constitutes what we identify today as the Hebrew Bible and the so-called Jewish Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha and thereby to various aspects of the corresponding social worlds of ancient Israel and Second Temple Judaism. Not only that, but owing to its close linguistic affinities to such contemporary languages as ancient Aramaic and Phoenician, it also enhances the accelerated learning of those languages and access to the corresponding ancient writings and social worlds of the Arameans and Phoenicians.

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