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Courses in Ancient Civilizations and Biblical Studies

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

General Near Eastern Studies

Section 001.

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

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

Foreign Lit

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

Course Homepage: https://cgi.www.umich.edu/~nes100/F01/

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

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ACABS 101. Elementary Biblical Hebrew I.

Ancient Israel/Hebrew Bible: Language Courses

Section 001.

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

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%.

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

General Near Eastern Studies

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

Instructor(s): Ralph G Williams (fiesole@umich.edu) , Alexander D Knysh (alknysh@umich.edu), Yaron Z Eliav (yzeliav@umich.edu)

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

Foreign 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.

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ACABS 201. Intermediate Biblical Hebrew, I.

Ancient Israel/Hebrew Bible: Language Courses

Section 001 Meets with ACABS 601.001.

Instructor(s): Brian B 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 Biblical Hebraica, and (2) a proper dictionary of classical Hebrew.

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ACABS 266. Before the Bible: The Phoenicians.

Ancient Israel/Hebrew Bible: Culture Courses

Section 001.

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

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

Foreign 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 also will be a 10-page paper.

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ACABS 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. Taught in Greek. (3). (LR).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

See Greek 307.001.

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ACABS 411. Introduction to Akkadian.

Mesopotamian and Hittite Studies: Language Courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Norman Yoffee (nyoffee@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 also will 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.)

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ACABS 485. Introduction to Middle Egyptian, I.

Ancient Egypt: Language Courses

Section 001.

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

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

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

A basic introduction to Egyptian hieroglyphics and Middle Egyptian, the classical form of the ancient Egyptian language. We will use James Allen, Middle Egyptian: An introduction to the language and culture of hieroglyphs.

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ACABS 487 / WS 487. Gender and Society in Ancient Egypt.

Ancient Egypt: Culture Courses

Section 001.

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: Some familiarity with Egypt is helpful. (3). (Excl).

Foreign Lit

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Women in ancient Egypt had greater visibility and more autonomy than women in most other ancient cultures. Why? Ancient Egyptian constructions of gender differed from those in other ancient cultures. The most visible manifestation of Egypt's unique perspective on gender roles and relations was the status of women in Egyptian society. Using ancient texts in translation, secondary readings, images and artifacts in the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, students in this course will examine the definitions of gender, gender roles and relations, and the impact of status, religion, sexuality, and other factors on ancient Egyptian understandings of gender. Course readings will concentrate on Egypt's New Kingdom period (c. 1550-1070 BCE), but evidence from other periods in ancient Egyptian history will be taken into consideration as well.

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ACABS 491. Topics in Ancient Civilizations and Biblical Studies.

Occasional Course

Section 001 THE ESSENES, QUMRAN AND JESUS.

Instructor(s): Boccaccini

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

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

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ACABS 498. Senior Honors Thesis.

Occasional Course

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.

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ACABS 511. Introduction to Sumerian.

Mesopotamian and Hittite Studies: Language Courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Piotr A Michalowski (piotrm@umich.edu)

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 basic 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.

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ACABS 581. Ugaritic, I.

Ancient Israel/Hebrew Bible: Language Courses

Section 001.

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

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

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Ugaritic was the Northwest Semitic language, closely related to Hebrew and Phoenician, spoken in the city of Ugarit on the coast of Syria. The language and its literature were discovered in 1929. Classical Ugaritic literature consists of the ancient myths and legends of the Canaanite peoples in versions written down in the Late Bronze Age (ca. 1350). The texts are important for an understanding of common Canaanite culture, religion, language, and poetic composition. In the first term, the student will acquire the elements of the language and familiarity with a small corpus of mythological texts from the Baal Cycle. A knowledge of Classical Hebrew or another classical Semitic language (Arabic, Akkadian) is required. There is no textbook: the student will learn the grammar in class and compile his/own own manual. There are two examinations, a midterm and final, weighted 40% and 60% respectively. Regular class attendance is required.

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ACABS 592. Seminar in Ancient Civilizations and Biblical Studies.

Occasional Course

Section 001 Mesopotamian Religion.

Instructor(s): Piotr A Michalowski (piotr@umich.edu)

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

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Mesopotamian religion is often described in static terms, as if it were a discreet, unchanging, well defined object of study. In this seminar we will concentrate on the myriad elements that constituted a constantly changing series of concentric circles of ideas that we bring together under one label. After a general overview of the main elements of the religion we will discuss selected topics. These topics will be defined in a variety of terms and will touch on a number of larger issues such as the role of religion and myth in state formation, the representation of order, gender, and violence, as well as the relationship between official and private worship and devotion. Students who have no familiarity with ancient languages will utilize English translations of Mesopotamian compositions, but graduate students in NELC will be expected to work with the original texts.

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