Fall '99 Course Guide

Courses in Ancient Civilizations and Biblical Studies (Division 314)

Fall Term, 1999 (September 8 December 22, 1999)

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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), John Turner (persons@umich.edu)

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

Foriegn Lit

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

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

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

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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%.

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

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Ralph Williams (fiesole@umich.edu) , Gene Schramm (gschramm@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.

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ACABS 201. Intermediate Biblical Hebrew, I.

Language Courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Brian 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 221/Rel. 280. Jesus and the Gospels.

Section 001.

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

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

Foriegn Lit

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

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

The course will probe the Gospels, including some non-canonical versions (e.g., the Gospel according to Thomas), as sources of the life and teachings of Jesus, the Jew. How reliable are the portraits of Jesus in the Gospels, the oldest of which having been written some forty years after his execution? Through an acquirement of the various critical methods which are applied to the Gospel texts by scholars, students will be enabled to form a defensible answer to this question. In addition to the methodological instruction and exercises, there will be an impartion of the necessary knowledge about the historical, social, and religious world of Jesus and the Gospels, so that a correct reading of Jesus within Judaism might be given. The format of the course consists of three lectures per week by the instructor and a weekly discussion session conducted by a GSI. The course grade will be based upon daily assignments and attendance (20%); two major examinations midterm written exam (30%) and a final oral exam (30%); and an introductionary essay (8-10 pages) on a topic of choice in consultation with the instructor (20%).

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ACABS 266. Before the Bible: The Phoenicians.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Charles Krahmalkov

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

Foriegn Lit

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

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.

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ACABS 411. Introduction to Akkadian.

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 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 485. Introduction to Middle Egyptian, I.

Language Courses

Section 001.

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

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

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~twilfong/

A basic introduction to Egyptian hieroglyphics and Middle Egyptian, the classical form of the ancient Egyptian language. We will use Mark Collier and Bill Manley, How to Read Egyptian Hieroglyphics and Alan Gardiner's Egyptian Grammar (3rd edition).

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ACABS 511. Introduction to Sumerian.

Language Courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Piotr 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 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.

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ACABS 512. Sumerian Texts.

Language Courses

Section 001.

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: ACABS 511. (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Continuation of Introduction to Sumerian with emphasis on learning to read.

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ACABS 592. Seminar in Ancient Civilizations and Biblical Studies.

Section 001 New Testament Greek.

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

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

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

The course will provide a reading of the Greek text of the Gospel of John, with references to parallel passages from the Septuagint, Philo of Alexandria, and other contemporaneous Jewish and Hellenistic writers. Open to graduate students, the class requires an advanced knowledge of the Greek language and will explore the grammatical and syntactical particularities of koine Greek in relation to classical Greek.

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