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Fall Academic Term 2003 Course Guide

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Courses in Ancient Civilizations and Biblical Studies


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Fall Academic Term, 2003 (September 2 - December 19)

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

General Near Eastern Studies

Section 001.

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: (4). (HU). May not be repeated for credit.

R&E Foreign Lit

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

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

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

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ACABS 101. Elementary Classical Hebrew I.

Ancient Israel/Hebrew Bible: Language Courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (LR). May not be repeated for credit.

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 / AAPTIS 200 / HJCS 200 / RELIGION 201. 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

Prerequisites & Distribution: (4). (HU). May not be repeated for credit.

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 Classical Hebrew, I.

Ancient Israel/Hebrew Bible: Language Courses

Section 001 – MEETS W/ACABS 601.001.

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: ACABS 102. (3). (LR). May not be repeated for credit.

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 dictionary of classical Hebrew.

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ACABS 291. Topics in Ancient Civilizations and Biblical Studies.

Occasional Course

Section 001 – Magic in the Ancient World and in the Bible.

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (Excl). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

What role does magic play in religious life? 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 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 and in the Bible, offers the student the opportunity to engage in a series of studies on magic across several centuries and various ancient cultures.

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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). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

See Greek 307.001.

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ACABS 322 / HISTORY 307 / RELIGION 359. History and Religion of Ancient Judaism.

Ancient Israel/Hebrew Bible: Culture Courses

Section 001 – Meets with Judaic 317.001.

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: May be elected independently of ACABS 321. (4). (HU). May not be repeated for credit.

Foreign Lit

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

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

The course covers the history and religion of ancient Judaism from the Babylonian exile (6th century BCE) to the emergence of Rabbinic Judaism (3rd century CE). The liveliness of the period is testified by its many names. For the Jew, it is the "Second Temple Period" – the cradle of Jewish civilization. For the Christian, it is the "intertestamental period" between the Old and the New Testament – the age in which Jesus was born and the Church arose. For the historian, it is all that and much more. It was an age of great conflicts, in which the Jewish people had to face powerful neighbors and rulers: the Egyptians and the Babylonians, the Persians, the Greeks, and the Romans. But it was also an age of great creativeness, in which different varieties of Judaism (including the early Christian movement) developed sophisticated and lasting theologies and restlessly struggled for supremacy or simply survival. No prerequisites. Course grade is based on attendance and daily readings of primary sources, midterm, final and a term paper.

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ACABS 323 / RELIGION 350. Christianity after the New Testament: The First Six Centuries.

New Testament

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Megan Williams (mhwillia@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (4). (Excl). May not be repeated for credit.

Foreign Lit

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

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

An introduction to the history and literatures of the Christian churches in the Mediterranean and Near Eastern Worlds, from the second through the sixth centuries, from the close of the New Testament through the coming of Islam. We will trace the rise of orthodox theologies and church institutions, while attending to the persistence of multiple Christianities throughout the period.

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ACABS 382 / HISTART 382 / ANTHRARC 381. Introduction to Egyptian Archaeology.

Ancient Egypt: Culture Courses

Section 001 – Meets with ACABS 686.001.

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: Upperclass standing. (4). (HU). May not be repeated for credit.

Foreign Lit

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

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course focuses specifically on the material culture and disposition of archaeological sites in ancient Egypt and Nubia from ca. 3200 bc–285 ac. The logic and nature of both sacred and secular landscapes will be explored, and specific sites, some well-known (such as the extensive temple precinct at Karnak and the Meroitic pyramids), some less well-known (such as the town of Karanis and the city of Kerma), will be investigated as examples of different kinds of interpretive problems in archaeology. The course also will introduce a consideration of theoretical approaches to Nile Valley archaeological data and the ways in which they articulate with other sources of information.

While it is complementary in subject matter to ACABS 281, which concentrates on the history of ancient Egypt of the Dynastic period through texts, this course is designed to stand alone. Course grade is based on midterm, final, and a term paper.

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ACABS 393 / AAPTIS 393 / RELIGION 393. The Religion of Zoroaster.

General Near Eastern Studies

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Gernot L Windfuhr (windfuhr@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (HU). May not be repeated for credit.

Foreign Lit

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

See Arabic, Armenian, Persian, Turkish, and Islamic Studies 393.001.

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ACABS 411. Introduction to Akkadian.

Mesopotamian and Hittite Studies: Language Courses

Section 001.

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of instructor. (3). (Excl). May not be repeated for credit.

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.)

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ACABS 413 / ANTHRARC 442 / HISTORY 440. Ancient Mesopotamia: History and Culture.

Mesopotamian and Hittite Studies: Culture Course

Section 001 – Meets with ACABS 513.001.

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: Junior standing. (4). (Excl). May not be repeated for credit.

Upper-Level Writing Foreign 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 one short essay (1500 words), one hour exam, a final exam, and a term paper (5000 words minimum).

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ACABS 415. Elementary Hittite.

Mesopotamian and Hittite Studies: Language Courses

Section 001.

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (Excl). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course will present the basics of Hittite grammar through lectures, student recitation, and reading exercises in transliteration. We will acquaint ourselves with the cuneiform writing system and consider the ramifications of the adoption of this script by the Hittites for the recovery of the linguistic realities of ancient Anatolia. Attention will be given to the role of Hittite within the Indo-European family of languages. Textbook: Theo P.J. van den hout, Neshili: A Hittite Primer.

Audience: Undergraduate and graduate students whose concentration is in Near Eastern Studies, Linguistics, and Classics.

Attendance at lectures and participation in classroom discussion and recitation. Quizzes, midterm and final exams.

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ACABS 421 / RELIGION 488. Christianity and Hellenistic Civilizations.

New Testament

Section 001.

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: (4). (Excl). May not be repeated for credit.

Foreign Lit

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Selected themes in the study of early Christianity against the background of Hellenistic culture: the sources and analogues of the gospels, common themes in early Christian and Greco-Roman thought and the intellectual matrix of Christian doctrine are examined.

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ACABS 421 / RELIGION 488. Christianity and Hellenistic Civilizations.

New Testament

Section 002.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: (4). (Excl). May not be repeated for credit.

Foreign Lit

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

No Description Provided. Contact the Department.

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ACABS 421 / RELIGION 488. Christianity and Hellenistic Civilizations.

New Testament

Section 003.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: (4). (Excl). May not be repeated for credit.

Foreign Lit

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

No Description Provided. Contact the Department.

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ACABS 421 / RELIGION 488. Christianity and Hellenistic Civilizations.

New Testament

Section 004.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: (4). (Excl). May not be repeated for credit.

Foreign Lit

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

No Description Provided. Contact the Department.

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ACABS 491. Topics in Ancient Civilizations and Biblical Studies.

Occasional Course

Section 002 – Sacred Space in Graeco-Roman Palestine: The Case of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. Meets with JUDAIC 591.001 and HJCS 491.001.

Instructor(s): Yaron Eliav (yzeliav@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (Excl). May be repeated for credit for a maximum of 6 credits.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Religion has always been inseparable from holy sites. One of the most famous among the sacred spaces is the flat, trapezoidal, walled compound located on the eastern edge of Jerusalem's Old City, commonly known as the Temple Mount. For centuries this site has been revered by Near Eastern monotheistic religions, most notably by Judaism and Islam, but also Christianity. The history of the Temple Mount is intrinsically fascinating. Inherent in the numerous ancient documents and artifacts is a story of a physical space that achieved greatness, a cluster of images that inspired generations and a concept of the sacred. The current seminar will investigate this phenomenon through a multi-disciplinary approach; we will analyze literary material as well as archaeological and artistic artifacts in an attempt to better understand the political, cultural, and religious dynamics that shaped the figure of the Temple Mount. No previous knowledge is necesary; all material will be provided in English translation.

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ACABS 498. Senior Honors Thesis.

Occasional Course

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of instructor. (1-6). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be elected more than once for credit. Continuing Course. Y grade can be reported at end of the first-term to indicate work in progress. At the end of the second term of ACABS 498, the final grade is posted for both term's elections.

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). May not be repeated for credit.

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 543 / HJCS 543. The Bible in Jewish Tradition.

Ancient Israel/Hebrew Bible: Culture Courses

Section 001.

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of instructor. (3). (Excl). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

No Description Provided. Contact the Department.

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ACABS 585. Advanced Middle Egyptian.

Ancient Egypt: Language Courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Marjorie Martin Fisher (djoser@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: ACABS 486. (3). (Excl). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course continues the study of Middle Egyptian beyond the first year by exposing students to the historical texts of the Middle and New Kingdom (1040-1050 BCE). Students will read a selection of modern editions and facsimiles from the originals.

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ACABS 591. Topics in Ancient Civilizations and Biblical Studies.

Occasional Course

Section 001 – Issues in Divine Kingships: Ancient Egypt Contextualized.

Instructor(s): Ellen Fowles Morris (morrisel@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (Excl). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

No Description Provided. Contact the Department.

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ACABS 592. Seminar in Ancient Civilizations and Biblical Studies.

Occasional Course

Section 001 – Issues in Divine Kingships.

Instructor(s): Ellen Fowles Morris (morrisel@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (Excl). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

No Description Provided. Contact the Department.

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ACABS 592. Seminar in Ancient Civilizations and Biblical Studies.

Occasional Course

Section 003 – Cultural Legitimations of Premodern Elites.

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (Excl). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Elites in all civilizations exploit complex cultural means to establish, enact, and reinforce their internal positions and to communicate with other societies outside. To do this they often directly control and manipulate communicative channels, public display, and access to historical memory. Many domains of legitimation leave permanent material imprints that constitute the major legacies of these cultures for modern scholarship. Other, often equally important domains are more difficult to recover because they were registered on perishable materials or because they were vested primarily in action and movement rather than in artifacts. Many styles of elite legitmation constitute what are now called "art forms." Rulers and elites work together to sustain legitimacy, but its domains are also arenas of competition and dissent. In principle elites often address their legitimation strategies to a broad public, but in reality the forms in which they are cast generally relate to the elites themselves and hardly to wider groups.

This seminar treats elite legitimations of premodern societies from a comparative perspective. The organizers, who are specialists in ancient Mesopotamia and Egypt, welcome participation from students of other civilizations, principally before about 1600 ce. The intention is to use case studies to explore the legitimizing character of a broad range of artistic modes, be they verbal, visual, or performed, and to analyze the function of vehicles such as writing that are essential to the organization of complex societies but are often viewed from an overly pragmatic point of view. Domains that are suitable for case studies include historiography and literary texts, religious buildings and uses of plastic and pictorial art, or complex institutions such as the hunt, as well as the manipulation of the landscape as cultural statement.

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