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Fall '00 Course Guide

Courses in Ancient Civilizations and Biblical Studies (Division 314)

Fall Term, 2000 (September 6 December 22)

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ACABS 100/AAPTIS 100/HJCS 100/Hist 132. Peoples of the Middle East.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Gary Beckman (sidd@umich.edu) , Kathryn Babayan (babayan@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (4). (HU).

Foriegn Lit

Credits: (4; 3 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: http://www.umich.edu/class/nes100/

See Arabic, Armenian, Persian, Turkish, and Islamic Studies 100.001.

Cost: 2 Waitlist Code: 1

ACABS 101. Elementary Biblical Hebrew I.

Language Courses

Section 001.

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (LR).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

The purpose of this and the complementary course, 102 Elementary Biblical Hebrew II (Winter Term), is to equip the beginning student with the tools necessary for reading the Hebrew Bible. The course will introduce students to the grammar of biblical Hebrew; its phonology (the study of speech sounds), morphology (the study of word formation), and syntax (the study of phrase and sentence formation). In addition to mastering the grammar, students will need to acquire a sizable working vocabulary of the language, for competency in grammar and lexicon best facilitates the goal of reading the biblical text. The grading will be based on corrected daily assignments (i.e., the exercises), 13-14 announced quizzes (one class day advance notice), a final comprehensive exam, as well as attendance and participation. The daily assignments will comprise 25% of the grade, the ten-best quizzes 25%, the final exam 25%, and attendance and participation 25%.

Cost: 2 Waitlist Code: 4

ACABS 122/Rel. 122. Introduction to the New Testament.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Gabrielle Boccaccini (gbocca@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (4). (HU).

Foriegn Lit

Credits: (4; 3 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Although it has influenced the Western world more than any other book, the New Testament having originated almost 2,000 years ago in the eastern Mediterranean world is not easy to understand. The course will, first of all, introduce the student to the historical, religious, and social setting of the New Testament. Then, we shall look at the various New Testament writings. They must be allowed to speak for themselves and not be clouded by any denominational or sectarian program. The student will be introduced to the insights and methods of modern scholarship when dealing with questions such as: What did the various New Testament writings really intend to say? How did they say it? Why did they say it? Finally, the problem of the development of early Christian doctrine will be addressed, albeit briefly. Why were some of the early Christian writings excluded from the New Testament canon? There will be two midterms and a final exam.

Cost: 2 Waitlist Code: 3 or 4

ACABS 200/Rel. 201/AAPTIS 200/HJCS 200. Introduction to World Religions: Near Eastern.

Section 001 Religions of the Book: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam

Instructor(s): Ralph Williams (fiesole@umich.edu) , Sherman Jackson (sajackso@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (4). (HU).

Foriegn Lit

Credits: (4; 3 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course serves two main functions: the first of these is to provide an introductory sense of what is involved in the academic study of religion; the second, which will occupy almost the whole term, is to introduce the major religious traditions of the Near East, with emphasis on the development and major structures of Israelite Religion, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. The course will keep two foci in view: one will have to do with the historical development of these religious traditions, their sacred texts and major personalities; the second will involve a comparative view of these traditions by analyzing their sense of the sacred in space, time, and text, their views on holy people. This is an introductory course: it is not necessary for students to have any previous experience in the study of religion. The course consists of three weekly lectures and a discussion group. Writing for the course typically involves an essay, a midterm, and a final exam.

Cost: 2 Waitlist Code: 4

ACABS 201. Intermediate Biblical Hebrew, I.

Language Courses

Section 001 Meets with ACABS 601.001

Instructor(s): Brain Schmidt (bschmidt@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: ACABS 102. (3). (LR).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course is an introduction to the literature of the Hebrew Bible. Texts representing different literary genres, and dating from different periods, will be read in the original. Students will be introduced to the history of the text of the Hebrew Bible and the problems of its translation and interpretation. Special emphasis will be placed on refining the student's knowledge of Biblical Hebrew through the study of Hebrew syntax. Required books are (1) a copy of the Biblica Hebraica, and (2) a proper dictionary of classical Hebrew.

Cost: 2 Waitlist Code: 4

ACABS 266. Before the Bible: The Phoenicians.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Charles Krahmalkov (crkrah@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (HU).

Foriegn Lit

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Introduction to the religion, mythology and culture of the Phoenicians, the ancient inhabitants of the cities of Palestine, Lebanon, and the Transjordan in the pre-biblical and biblical periods. The religion of Israel, from which Judaism and Christianity descend, was historically a reformation of Phoenician religion. Students will be introduced to the gods of the Phoenicians and the rich mythology in which they figure. They will learn about the power of faith, the institutions of Phoenician religion, including the cult of infant sacrifice. Students will also learn about Phoenician values, such as public service, about Phoenician maritime activity, such as the circumnavigation of Africa, and about the role of the Phoenicians in teaching the alphabet to the world. Examinations will be a midterm and final. There will also be a 10-page paper.

Cost: 1 Waitlist Code: 4

ACABS 291. Topics in Ancient Civilizations and Biblical Studies.

Section 001 Magic in the Ancient World

Instructor(s): Brian Schmidt (bschmidt@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

What role does magic play in religious life? Does magic embody a society's symbolic expression of its own self-identity? Like science and religion, does magic function as an analytical category for the comparative study of cultures? How has the Bible impacted modern notions about magic and magic's relation to religion? The ancient cultures of the Middle East and those of the eastern Mediterranean provided the context for the production of the Bible and these together have greatly influenced the modern, western notions about the relationship of magic and religion. As a means of exploring these and related topics, the course, Magic in the Ancient World offers the student the opportunity to engage in a series of studies on magic across several centuries and many ancient cultures.

Cost: 2 Waitlist Code: 4

ACABS 307(ABS 307)/Greek 307. The Synoptic Gospels: Matthew, Mark and Luke.

Courses in Greek

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Traianos Gagos (traianos@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Greek 102; and permission of instructor. (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

See Greek 307.001.

Cost: 2 Waitlist Code: 4

ACABS 395. Ancient Civilizations and Biblical Studies: Directed Readings.

Prerequisites & Distribution: (1-3). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for a total of six credits.

Credits: (1-3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Designed for individual students who have an interest in a specific topic (usually that has stemmed from a previous course). An individual instructor must agree to direct such a reading, and the requirements are specified when approval is granted.

Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 5, P/I

ACABS 411. Introduction to Akkadian.

Language Courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Gary Beckman (sidd@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of instructor. (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course is an introduction to the literary language of the Babylonians and Assyrians. In the first term (this course) the basics of Akkadian grammar will be presented. There will be weekly homework exercises and in-class recitation. Individual tutoring may be organized as needed. There will also be an introduction to cuneiform signs, the script of the ancient texts. The course grade is based on in-class recitations and a number of exams, including a final exam. (The second term of this course progresses to reading of ancient myths from Mesopotamia in the original language and signs.)

Cost: 2 Waitlist Code: 1

ACABS 412. Akkadian Texts.

Language Courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Gary Beckman (sidd@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: ACABS 411. (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Introduction to the Semitic language of ancient Babylonia and to the cuneiform writing system. The first term (411) concentrates on a presentation of basic grammar, and the second term (412) on the reading of several ancient texts in cuneiform. Grammatical lectures, student recitation, homework assignments. Weekly quizzes, midterm, and final examination.

Cost: 2 Waitlist Code: 1

ACABS 413/Anthro. 442/Hist. 440. Ancient Mesopotamia: History and Culture.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Norman Yoffee (nyoffee@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Junior standing. (4). (HU).

Foriegn Lit

Credits: (4; 3 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course will survey Sumerian, Babylonian, and Assyrian civilization from the first written documents (ca. 3100 BC) to the fall of the Neo-Babylonian empire (539 BC). Special attention will be paid to the following topics of social and political organization: the rise and nature of early Mesopotamian states; economy in Mesopotamia (redistribution and markets); rural and urban relations; Mesopotamian law; Babylonian and Assyrian relations; Mesopotamia and its neighbors (Israel and Persia); the collapse of Mesopotamian civilization. Examination of texts in translation and of archaeological materials will be presented in section in addition to discussion of lectures and readings. One textbook and course pack of readings will be the course's texts. Course grade is based on two hourly exams, a final exam, and a term paper. Students taking the course for the upper division writing requirement will write essays instead of the hourly exams.

Cost: 2 Waitlist Code: 1

ACABS 483. Aramaic, I.

Language Courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Charles Krahmalkov (crkrah@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: ACABS 102. (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course is an introduction to Imperial Aramaic through the reading of the Aramaic portions of the biblical books of Ezra and Daniel. Students will acquire a solid foundation upon which to build a further knowledge of other forms of Aramaic, such as Targumic and Syriac. Books required are (1) a copy of the Biblica Hebraica, and (2) a dictionary of Biblical Hebrew an Aramaic.

Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: No Data Given.

ACABS 498. Senior Honors Thesis.

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of instructor. (1-6). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT).

Credits: (1-6).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

The Senior Honors thesis is for students who have been approved by the Near Eastern Studies concentration advisor, Honors advisor, and the LS&A Honors Council. The length of the thesis may vary, but 50-60 pages is common. Two advisors should be chosen. The principal advisor is a member of the faculty in whose field of expertise the thesis topic lies, and he or she oversees the student's research and the direction taken by the thesis.

Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 5, P/I

ACABS 511. Introduction to Sumerian.

Language Courses

Section 001.

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course will provide an introduction to Sumerian, the earliest written language in the world. The main focus will be on the grammar, primarily morphology, and on the structure of the cuneiform writing system. Simple texts will be read in class and analyzed. In addition, the course will provide basis information on the history and culture of early Mesopotamia. A basic knowledge of the cuneiform script is required, but interested beginners should contact the instructor. The one book that students will need is Marie-Louise Thomsen, The Sumerian Language.

Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: No Data Given.

ACABS 585. Advanced Middle Egyptian.

Language Courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Terry Wilfong (twilfong@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: ACABS 485, 486. (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Intended as a continuation to the introduction sequence of ACABS 485-486, students in this course further their knowledge of Middle Egyptian beyond the first year through study of a variety of texts in this language. Students will read a selection of texts in Middle Egyptian, from modern transcriptions and facsimiles of the ancient originals.

Cost: 2 Waitlist Code: 4

ACABS 587. Seminar in Ancient Egyptian History and Culture: Selected Topics.

Section 001 Old Kingdom and First Intermediate Period, C. 2750-2040 BCE.

Instructor(s): Janet Richards (jerichar@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: ACABS 281 or 382. (3). (Excl). May be repeated for a total of six credits.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

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