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Fall '01 Graduate Course Guide

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Courses in Ancient Civilizations and Biblical Studies


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Fall Academic Term, 2001 (September 5 December 21)

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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: Permission of instructor. (3).

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), Fisher

Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. (3).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Permission of Instructor is not required for this course for Fall term 2001. 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 / WOMENSTD 487. Gender and Society in Ancient Egypt.

Ancient Egypt: Culture Courses

Section 001.

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

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

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. Meets with ACABS 592.002.

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

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

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

See Ancient Civilizations and Biblical Studies 592.002.

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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: (3).

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: ACABS 102. (3).

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 (piotrm@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: (3).

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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ACABS 592. Seminar in Ancient Civilizations and Biblical Studies.

Occasional Course

Section 002 The Essenes, Qumran and Jesus. Meets with ACABS 491.001.

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

Prerequisites: (3).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

he Essenes are one the most important (and the most mysterious) among the Jewish groups at the time of Jesus. Ancient historians describe them as a philosophical sect widespread in villages and towns of Palestine; the Dead Sea Scrolls have provided us with the library of an apparently very special Essene settlement living in the wilderness in a place now known as Qumran. This seminar will explore the history, literature, and way of life of the Essenes, in particular the complex relationship between the urban Essenes and the Qumran Essenes. It finally addresses the fascinating hypothesis that John the Baptist and Jesus belonged to the group and Christianity should then be seen as an outgrowth of the Essene movement. There will be a midterm exam, a research paper, and a final written and oral exam. Requirements: Undergraduates must have passed an introductory course in Second Temple Judaism, such as 122 (IntroNewTest), 221 (Jesus&Gospels), 322 (HistRelAncJud), 276 (IntroJewCiv), or 277 (LandIsrael/Palestine). Graduates must elect it as 592 (Seminar in ACABS).

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ACABS 601. Advanced Readings in Classical Hebrew.

Ancient Israel/Hebrew Bible: Language Courses

Section 001 Meets with ACABS 201.001.

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

Prerequisites: Elementary Hebrew 102. Graduate Standing. (3).

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.

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ACABS 612. Akkadian Readings.

Mesopotamian and Hittite Studies: Language Courses

Section 001 Neo-Assyrian Royal Inscriptions

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

Prerequisites: ACABS 412. (3).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Close reading of literary texts or historical narratives, with grammatical review. In Fall Term 2001 we will read Neo-Assyrian royal inscriptions.

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ACABS 615. Sumerian Readings.

Mesopotamian and Hittite Studies: Language Courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites: ACABS 512. Graduate Standing. (3).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

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ACABS 722. Ancient Israel/Hebrew Bible Seminar: Topics in History and Historiography.

Ancient Israel/Hebrew Bible: Culture Course

Section 001.

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

Prerequisites: ACABS 202. Graduate Standing. (3).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

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ACABS 798. Directed Graduate Readings.

Occasional Course

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites: Graduate standing and permission of instructor. (1-3). (INDEPENDENT).

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.

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ACABS 811. Northwest Semitic Inscriptions.

Ancient Israel/Hebrew Bible: Language Courses

Section 001.

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

Prerequisites: ACABS 202 or equivalent. Graduate Standing. (3).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

An introduction to the corpus of the Northwest Semitic inscriptions of the Canaanite group: Moabite, Ammonite, Edomite, Judaean (Hebrew), "Ephraimite," Eqronite, Lachishite. Special emphasis on Phoenician and Punic. Prerequisite: a knowledge of Classical Hebrew. Instruction in the form of lecture and readings: readings in the form of photocopies of relevant inscriptions taken from standard collections, such as those of Donner-Roellig, Magnanini, Guzzo Amadasi. Textbooks: C.R. Krahmalkov, Phoenician-Punic Grammar (Brill, 2001) and C.R. Krahmalkov, Phoenician-Punic Dictionary (Peeters, 2000). Midterm and final examinations on inscriptions read in class.

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ACABS 990. Dissertation Research Precandidate.

Occasional Course

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites: Election for dissertation work by doctoral candidate not yet admitted as a Candidate. Graduate Standing. (1-8). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit.

Credits: (1-8; 1-4 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Election for dissertation work by doctoral student not yet admitted as a Candidate.

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ACABS 993. Graduate Student Instructor Training Program.

Occasional Course

Instructor(s): Raji M Rammuny (raram@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: Must have a Teaching Assistantship. Graduate Standing. (1).

Credits: (1).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

A seminar for all beginning graduate student instructors, consisting of a two day orientation before the term starts and periodic workshops/meetings during the Fall Term. Beginning graduate student instructors are required to register for this class.

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ACABS 995. Dissertation/Candidate.

Occasional Course

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites: Graduate School autorization for admission as a doctoral Candidate. Graduate Standing. (8). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit.

Credits: (8; 4 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Graduate School authorization for admission as a doctoral Candidate. N.B. The defense of the dissertation (the final oral examination) must be held under a full term Candidacy enrollment period.

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