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Spring/Summer 2002 Course Guide

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Courses in Ancient Civilizations and Biblical Studies

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Summer Half-Term Courses


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

Ancient Israel/Hebrew Bible: Culture Courses

Section 201.

Instructor(s): Jason Radine (jradine@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.

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

ACABS 291. Topics in Ancient Civilizations and Biblical Studies.

Occasional Course

Section 201 Paul and Revelation. Meets with Religion 380-201.

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

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

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: https://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2001/summer/acabs/291/201.nsf/

The epistles of Paul and the Revelation to John provide modern Christians with some of their most profound and sacred beliefs, yet many of them do not understand these enigmatic and sometimes impenetrable writings. In this course, we will apply modern, critical methodology to these works in order to determine their meaning within their social and historical context. Many challenging topics such as Paul's views on women, the early Christian undertstanding of the Christ event, and even the meaning of the infamous "number of the beast" from Revelation 13 will be discussed. This course assumes no previous knowlege and has no prerequisites, though, it is intended to act as a counter-part to ACABS 221 "Jesus and the Gospels" and in so doing will cover the remainder of the New Testament writings (e.g., The letter to the Hebrews, Johannine epistles, etc.) Requirements: Attendance and Participation (15%), Midterm Exam (25%), One 6-8 page (30%), Final Exam (30%).

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

ACABS 291. Topics in Ancient Civilizations and Biblical Studies.

Occasional Course

Section 202 Sex and Gender in the Formation of the Christian Church.

Instructor(s): Megan Williams

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

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Can a woman who seeks a truly Christian life also be a wife and mother? Can women be priests? If you think you know how Christians have "always" answered these questions, prepare to be surprised. The early Christian Church contained a diverse array of positions on gender, sexuality, and the family. Indeed, these issues were at the heart of the debates that fractured, and shaped, the emergent institutions of the Church. This course will examine historical evidence for the place of women as leaders in the early Church; for the concern of male Christians to control women's bodies and their roles; and for the development of theologies that, while they created the cult of the Virgin Mary, also made women responsible for Original Sin. The course has no prerequisites, beyond a willingness to reconsider the conventional assumptions about the place of women, gender, and sexuality in Christianity. The course will be taught as a seminar, so that attendance and participation will be mandatory. Basis of assessment will be as follows: attendance and informal class participation, 20%; formal in-class presentation(s), 30%; two short papers (3-5 pp.), 10% each; take-home final exam, 30%.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: 1 Waitlist Code: 4

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

General ACABS

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: 5, Permission of Instructor

ACABS 498. Senior Honors Thesis.

Occasional Course

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: 5, Permission of Instructor

Spring Half-Term Courses


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

Ancient Israel/Hebrew Bible: Culture Courses

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.

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

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

General ACABS

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: 5, Permission of Instructor

ACABS 498. Senior Honors Thesis.

Occasional Course

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: 5, Permission of Instructor

Spring/Summer Term Courses


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

General ACABS

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: 5, Permission of Instructor

ACABS 498. Senior Honors Thesis.

Occasional Course

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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