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Fall Academic Term '02 Graduate Course Guide

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Courses in Ancient Civilizations and Biblical Studies


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Fall Academic Term, 2002 (September 3 - December 20)


ACABS 485. Introduction to Middle Egyptian, I.

Ancient Egypt: Language Courses

Section 001.

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

Prerequisites: (3).

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's text, Middle Egyptian: An Introductin to the language and culture of hieroglyphs.

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ACABS 488(NES 486) / ANTHRCUL 486. Archaeology of Ancient Mesopotamia.

Mesopotamian and Hittite Studies: Culture

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Geoffrey Alan Emberling (geoffe@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: (3).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2002/fall/acabs/488/001.nsf

Ancient Mesopotamia the area between the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers, in modern Iraq, Syria, and Turkey was one of the world's first large civilizations. This course traces the development of Mesopotamia from the small scale farming villages of the Neolithic (7500 BC) to the fall of the last native dynasty in Babylon in 538 BC. It takes an archaeological approach that uses material remains to understand how Mesopotamian economies and political systems operated, what social groups and statuses existed within society, and what ideologies guided them. We will look at ceramics and small figurines; sculpture in stone and precious metals; forms of burial; the architecture of houses, palaces, and temples; the layout of cities; the distribution of settlements across the landscape; and their use of plant, animal, and mineral resources. We will also consult the cuneiform textual record. Course requirements: two midterm exams, one final exam, and one term paper. Exams will be in-class for undergraduates, take-home for graduate students. Term paper will be 10-page minimum for undergraduates, 20-page minimum for graduate students.

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ACABS 491. Topics in Ancient Civilizations and Biblical Studies.

Occasional Course

Section 001 Canaan and Egypt in Ancient Times.

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

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

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: www.umich.edu/~morrisel

This course explores the long and checkered history of Egypto-Canaanite relations, from the advent of settled life to the onslaught of Nebuchadnezzar's armies. The geographic region referred to in antiquity as Canaan shares roughly similar boundaries with those claimed by modern Israel, and -as today- Egyptian influence in the region was pivotal. On the one hand, Egypt and Canaan frequently maintained a tenuous balance of power, with weakness in one inviting exploitation by the other. Conversely, shared economic interests and family ties also often served to integrate the two populations. While Egypto-Canaanite interactions are frequently approached from a biblical perspective, this course will place a heavy emphasis upon the excavated material culture of Canaan and also upon that of the comparatively lesser-known Egyptian Delta. Over the span of the academic term we'll investigate Egyptian fortresses and temples in Canaan, Canaanite trading emporiums and warrior graves in Egypt, and many other archaeological sites as well. Issues such as the construction of ethnic identity and the mechanics of interregional trade will be addressed, and specific classes will also tackle topics of special interest such as the Amarna archive, the Exodus narrative, and ancient "orientalism."

If you have any questions, please contact the professor: Ellen Morris (morrisel@umich.edu). No prerequisites are required, and undergraduates of all levels are strongly encouraged to enroll.

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ACABS 511. Introduction to Sumerian.

Mesopotamian and Hittite Studies: Language Courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Nicole M Brisch

Prerequisites: (3).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2002/fall/acabs/511/001.nsf

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 585. Advanced Middle Egyptian.

Ancient Egypt: Language Courses

Section 001.

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

Prerequisites: ACABS 486. (3).

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.

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

Ancient Egypt: Culture Courses

Section 001 Individual and Society. (3 credits).

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

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

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

The writing of ancient Egyptian social history, and the ways in which this history is materially displayed in museum exhibitions, has been shaped both by the evidence of ancient Egyptian art, text, material culture, and archaeological landscapes; and by the intellectual baggage and collecting practices of scholars who have studied this ancient culture. In this seminar, taught in conjunction with the developing exhibition "Individual and society in ancient Egypt" at the Kelsey Museum, we will explore the concepts and evidence for identities and individuals; boundaries and communication; landscape; and the philosophy and practice of museum collections and exhibitions. Students will undertake individual and group research projects addressing the different ways in which we track different kinds of individuals in the past through domestic contexts; mortuary behavior; votives, pilgrimages and tourism; and movement in other conceptual landscapes. Students will all actively participate in applying this research to the planning and execution of the exhibition, experiencing first hand the museum context and process. Requirements: attendance, participation, presentations, and final project.

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ACABS 592. Seminar in Ancient Civilizations and Biblical Studies.

Occasional Course

Section 001 Christian & Rabbinic Origins.

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

Prerequisites: (3).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Judaic and Christian studies are gradually converging toward a more comprehensive and inclusive approach to the period of Judaism between 300 BCE and 200 CE. The concept of "late" monolithic Judaism, which constituted the background of the one Christianity, has been lately replaced by the view of an "early" pluralistic period that was both the beginning of a new stage in the inner evolution of Judaism and the first, or "Jewish," phase of Christianity. Now, the period is turning into something even more complex: the historical setting of many rival contemporaneous Judaisms (including early Christianity). With the varieties of its ideological systems, middle Judaism marks the passage from ancient Judaism to the distinct existence of the two major branches of modern Judaism: Christianity and Rabbinism. The goal of the modern interpreter is no longer the identification and synchronic study of the one Judaism as witnessed by the Jewish sources of the time, nor the identification and diachronic study of an overlapping phase in the evolution of Jewish and Christian religions. The object of a history of middle Judaic thought is the identification and diachronic study of many parallel Judaisms (including early Christianity) in themselves and in the context of their complex synchronic relationships.

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ACABS 592. Seminar in Ancient Civilizations and Biblical Studies.

Occasional Course

Section 002 Hittite Readings.

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

Prerequisites: (3).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

No Description Provided. Contact the Department.

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

Prerequisites: HJCS 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.

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

Prerequisites: ACABS 412. (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 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

Section 001.

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 course.

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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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