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Fall Academic Term 2003 Graduate 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)


ACABS 411. Introduction to Akkadian.

Mesopotamian and Hittite Studies: Language Courses

Section 001.

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

Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. (3). 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 415. Elementary Hittite.

Mesopotamian and Hittite Studies: Language Courses

Section 001.

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

Prerequisites: (3). 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 — Christianity, Judaism, and Hellenistic Civilizations and Religions.

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

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

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 429 / GREEK 489. Letters of Paul in Greek.

New Testament: Courses in Greek

Section 001 — Letter to the Romans.

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

Prerequisites: One to two years Greek; and permission of instructor. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course will focus on the philological and theological analysis of the Letter to the Romans, read in the original Greek text. The course aims to overcome any simplistic contraposition between Hellenism and Judaism and instead to read the theology of Paul within the diverse world of Second Temple Judaism. At the time of Paul, the Jesus movement was still a messianic Jewish sect emerging from Enochic Judaism and competing with other Jewish sects, namely, Hellenistic Judaism and Pharisaic Judaism. The seminar format will require oral presentations and a final paper. Only students who have an advanced knowledge of NT Greek will be admitted.

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ACABS 483. Aramaic, I.

Ancient Israel/Hebrew Bible: Language Courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Robert Hawley

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

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

The Aramaic language is one of the most important for the study of the Ancient Near East, not only because of its long history, but also because of its official status during certain periods in the administration, politics, and religions of the region.

This course prepares students to read and analyze Aramaic texts. The initial emphasis will be placed on "Biblical Aramaic" (portions of the books of Daniel and Ezra), which contains not only the ancient consonantal text (ancient Aramaic writing uses comparatively few vowel signs) but also a reliable medieval vocalization. This will prepare the way for reading "unvocalized" texts from a variety of genres and periods: early monumental inscriptions on stone and legal documents written on clay tablets from the northern Levant, abundant papyri of the Persian period from Egypt, and ostraca (pottery shards that carry inscriptions) and parchment scrolls of the Hellenistic and Roman periods from the Judean Desert (including " the Dead Sea Scrolls").

The textbook will be F. Rosenthal, A Grammar of Biblical Aramaic, 6th revised edition, Porta Linguarum Orientalium 5 (Harrassowitz, 1995). Other periods of the language will be covered by handouts distributed in class. Evaluation will be based on attendance, participation in class, and performance on occasional quizzes and final exam. Prior knowledge of Biblical Hebrew is helpful, but not required. Dates, times, and place of meeting to be announced. Feel free to ask any questions-email them to rchawley@uchicago.edu.

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ACABS 491. Topics in Ancient Civilizations and Biblical Studies.

Occasional Course

Section 001 — Divine Kingship in Ancient Egypt.

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

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

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2003/fall/acabs/491/001.nsf

  • How does a mortal become elevated to the status of god on earth?
  • How are inevitable human failings reconciled with the ideal of divine perfection?
  • What do you do, for example, with a god who is all too obviously a tempestuous human child? A god who cannot seem to end a drought or cure a plague?
  • What happens when a god dies or, even worse, is murdered?

Sacred kingship must by nature grapple with such difficult and perplexing questions. In this seminar, we will explore these problems utilizing pharaonic Egypt as an in-depth case study. In addition, throughout the academic term we will look outside of Egypt for comparative purposes at divine kingships in Africa, the Andes, Mesoamerica, and Europe.

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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: (3). 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 necessary; all material will be provided in English translation.

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ACABS 513. Ancient Mesopotamia.

Mesopotamian and Hittite Studies: Culture Course

Section 001 — Meets with ACABS 413.001.

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

Prerequisites: Graduate standing. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

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 for graduate students is based on two short essays (1500 words), a final exam, and a term paper (5000 words minimum).

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ACABS 581. Ugaritic, I.

Ancient Israel/Hebrew Bible: Language Courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Robert Hawley

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

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

The Ugaritic texts from Ras Shamra on the Mediterranean coast of Syria provide the earliest well attested example of the institutionalized and widespread use of alphabetic writing. Over 2000 Ugaritic texts are known, written in a "cuneiform" (wedge-shaped) script, and new discoveries continue on an almost yearly basis. This course will prepare students to read and analyze texts written in Ugaritic, seeking also to foster a basic appreciation of the nature and diversity of Ugaritic literature: myths, rituals, incantations, "scientific" manuals, letters, and administrative documents, and several other genres.

The "textbook" will consist of handouts distributed in class. Evaluation will be based on attendance, participation in class, and performance on occasional quizzes and the final exam. Prior knowledge of Arabic, Hebrew, or Akkadian is helpful, but not required. Dates, times, and place of meeting to be announced. Feel free to ask any questions, email them to rchawley@uchicago.edu.

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ACABS 585. Advanced Middle Egyptian.

Ancient Egypt: Language Courses

Section 001.

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

Prerequisites: ACABS 486. (3). 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 592. Seminar in Ancient Civilizations and Biblical Studies.

Occasional Course

Section 003 — Archives, Libraries, and Literacy in Ancient Mesopotamia.

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

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

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~piotrm/syllabi.html

In this seminar, we will investigate the organization of writing in the world's first truly literate culture: ancient Mesopotamia (roughly from 3200 BCE to the first century of the common era). The work will focus on the remains of archives from private houses, larger organizations and the state as well as on private, temple, and royal literary libraries. The discussion will focus on the role of literacy and archives in society utilizing both textual and archaeological evidence and attempt to incorporate this data into the broader cross-cultural debate on literacy. Readings will include theoretical papers as well as a broad array of studies from other times and other places. Students will be asked to read and report on such studies, present class presentations, and write a final research paper. Because of the cross-cultural and interdisciplinary nature of the course, students who work on other cultures will be very much welcome.

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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: ACABS 102; graduate standing. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course is an introduction to the Hebrew Literature of the Bible. Texts representing different literary genres, and dating from different periods, will be read in their original language. 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 dictionary of classical Hebrew.

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ACABS 611. Akkadian Documents.

Mesopotamian and Hittite Studies: Language Courses

Section 001 — Enuma Elish: Babylonian Epic of Creation.

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

Prerequisites: ACABS 412. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This term we shall read the "Babylonian epic of creation" (enuma elish). Toward the end of the term, we may read some Old Babylonian legal texts in anticipation of the Winter academic term (ACABS 612) when we'll concentrate on such texts. (Optionally, we can survey Akkadian dialects and scripts).

Evaluation: Grading will be based on in-class recitations and a term paper (5000 words minimum).

Text(book)s:

  • ENUMA ELISH. The Babylonian Epic of Creation. The Cuneiform Text. Text established by W.G. Lambert and copied out by Simon B. Parker. Oxford: Clarendon Press (1966 with several reprintings)
  • Enuma Elish. Booklet of photocopied texts prepared by Aaron Shafer. Jerusalem (undated)
  • F.N.H. al-Rawi and A.R. George 1990 Tablets from the Sippar Library II: Tablet II of the Babylonian Creation Epic. Iraq 52: 149-157
  • F.N.H. al-Rawi and J.A. Black 1994 A New Manuscript of enuma elis, Tablet VI. Journal of Cuneiform Studies 46: 131-139

Topics:

  • Date of the text
  • Language of the text
  • Creation motifs in Mesopotamian literature
  • En.el. in the akitu festival
  • Literary/religious precursors of the text

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ACABS 612. Akkadian Readings.

Mesopotamian and Hittite Studies: Language Courses

Section 001.

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

Prerequisites: ACABS 412. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

No Description Provided. Contact the Department.

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ACABS 615. Sumerian Readings.

Mesopotamian and Hittite Studies: Language Courses

Section 001 — Topic?

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

Prerequisites: ACABS 512. Graduate Standing. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

No Description Provided. Contact the Department.

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ACABS 686. Seminar in Egyptian Archaeology.

Ancient Egypt: Culture Courses

Section 001 — Meets with ACABS 382.001.

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

Prerequisites: Graduate standing. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

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.

Graduate students will devote additional hours each week to closer examination of a special topic. Course grade is based on participation, oral presentation, and a research paper.

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ACABS 798. Directed Graduate Readings.

Occasional Course

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites: Graduate standing and permission of instructor. (1-3). (INDEPENDENT). May not be repeated for credit.

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

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

Prerequisites: Must have a Teaching Assistantship. Graduate Standing. Permission of instructor required. (1). May not be repeated for credit.

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 authorization 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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