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Spring/Summer 2001 Course Guide

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Courses in Ancient Civilizations and Biblical Studies

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Calendars

Spring Half-Term, 2001 (May 1 June 22)
Spring/Summer Term, 2001 (May 1 August 17)
Summer Half-Term, 2001 (June 27 August 17)


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Wolverine Access Subject listing for ACABS

Spring Term '01 Time Schedule for Ancient Civilizations and Biblical Studies


ACABS 121/Rel. 121. Introduction to the Tanakh/Old Testament.

Section 101.

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

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

Foreign Lit

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

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course is designed to introduce the student to the modern study of the Old Testament or Tanakh (no prerequisites). Lectures and readings will focus on ancient Israel's religion, literature, and history and their contribution to modern Western civilization. The approach will be literary, historical, and critical, using methods employed by scholars of different religious persuasions. ACABS 121 is designed to challenge the student with a series of questions and issues often ignored or neglected in spite of the widespread use of the Bible today. The course grade will be based upon daily assignments, attendance, and quizzes (20%), two major examinations [a midterm (40%) and a final (40%); the exams are NOT cumulative]. The required texts are the "Revised Standard Version" of the Old Testament or the Jewish Publication Society's "Tanakh," and a course pack.

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ACABS 395. Ancient Civilizations and Biblical Studies: Directed Readings.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: (1-3). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for a total of six credits.

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 498. Senior Honors Thesis.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of instructor. (1-6). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT).

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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Spring/Summer Term Courses

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Spring/Summer Term '01 Time Schedule for Ancient Civilizations and Biblical Studies


ACABS 395. Ancient Civilizations and Biblical Studies: Directed Readings.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: (1-3). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for a total of six credits.

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 291. Topics in Ancient Civilizations and Biblical Studies.

Section 201 PAUL & REVELATION. Meets with Religion 380.201.

Instructor(s): Kevin Sullivan (kps@umich.edu)

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

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course will cover the Acts of the Apostles, the epistles of Paul, and the Book of Revelation. We will apply historical-critical methodology to these New Testament texts with three specific goals in mind: (1) To gain an understanding of modern interpretative techniques; (2) to understand these complex New Testament writings in their own historical contexts; and (3) to situate them within the spectrum of early Christian thought. This course is intended to complement Jesus & the Gospels (ACABS 221). There will be a midterm, two exegesis papers (4-6 pages), and a final exam.

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ACABS 291. Topics in Ancient Civilizations and Biblical Studies.

Section 202 RACE AND ETHNICITY IN ANCIENT MESOPOTAMIA

Instructor(s): Geoff Emberling (geoffe@umich.edu)

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

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Who were "the Sumerians"? The southern region of ancient Mesopotamia (modern Iraq and Syria) was known as Sumer, and its inhabitants spoke a language called Sumerian. In about 3500 B.C., the world's first large cities developed in Mesopotamia, and soon after, the earliest written documents recorded in the Sumerian language. While Sumerian culture developed in the south, people speaking a language known as Akkadian gradually built cities in northern Mesopotamia, and one Akkadian dynasty eventually succeeded in conquering most of the region by about 2200 B.C. After the collapse of this Akkadian empire, Sumerian rulers gained control of large territories in what has been called a Sumerian renaissance. This history has led many scholars to suggest that the world's earliest civilization was built on ethnic conflict.

In this course, we will use a cross-cultural perspective on ethnicity to understand cultural identity in ancient Mesopotamia. The class begins with readings and discussion focused on key terms race, ethnicity, culture, state, and nation. We will then survey archaeological remains and historical records from 3500-2000 B.C., including the temple precinct of Uruk, the Royal Cemetery of Ur, and the burned Palace of Elba; monuments of royal and popular art including stelae and sculpture; and cuneiform tablets that preserve some of the world's earliest literature. Finally, we will critically assess the merits of scholarly perspectives on race and ethnicity in Mesopotamia. This will be a lecture course with regular discussion. Students will be asked to present summaries of key articles or ancient sources as well as a final research paper. Course Requirements: Discussion; two in-class summaries (10 minutes each); research paper (15-20 pages).

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ACABS 395. Ancient Civilizations and Biblical Studies: Directed Readings.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: (1-3). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for a total of six credits.

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.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: No Data Given.

ACABS 498. Senior Honors Thesis.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of instructor. (1-6). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT).

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.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: No Data Given.

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