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Winter Academic Term 2001 Course Guide

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Courses in Ancient Civilizations and Biblical Studies

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Winter Term, 2001 (January 4 April 26)

Open courses in Ancient Civilizations and Biblical Studies
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Wolverine Access Subject listing for ACABS

Winter Term '01 Time Schedule for Ancient Civilizations and Biblical Studies.


ACABS 102. Elementary Biblical Hebrew II.

Language Courses

Section 001.

Prerequisites & Distribution: ACABS 101. (3). (LR).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

A continuation of ACABS 101 with increased emphasis on the Biblical Hebrew verbal system and syntax as presented in Seow's A Grammar for Biblical Hebrew (revised). Additionally, students will be introduced to select readings from the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament. Final grades will be based upon daily class performance and homework assignments, quizzes, and two exams.

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ACABS 202. Intermediate Biblical Hebrew, II.

Language Courses

Section 001 Meets with ACABS 602.

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: ACABS 201. (3). (LR).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

As a continuation of ACABS 201, the students will be introduced to additional elements of Biblical Hebrew syntax and other aspects of advanced grammar. Further selected Biblical texts will be read, and their historical and literary backgrounds analyzed and discussed.

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ACABS 277/HJCS 277/AAPTIS 277/Judaic Studies 277/Rel. 277. The Land of Israel/Palestine through the Ages.

Jewish Literature and Culture in English

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Yaron Eliav (yzeliav@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (4). (HU).

Credits: (4; 3 in the half-term

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

See Hebrew and Jewish Cultural Studies 277.001.

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ACABS 281. Ancient Egypt and its World.

Section 001.

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: (4). (HU).

Foriegn Lit

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

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

What was the world of the ancient Egyptians? The course is an undergraduate survey of ancient Egyptian culture and history. Through lectures, films, and demonstrations, the student will gain an overview of the main periods and trends in Egyptian political history and material culture, as well as an understanding of Egyptian society, religion, and literature. Other topics will include notions of kingship; the status of women; attitudes towards death and strategies for denying it; contacts and relationships with the outer world; principal types of archaeological sites; and hieroglyphs, the ancient Egyptian writing system. A visit will also be made to the Egyptian collections at the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, to see the material remains of Egyptian culture firsthand. No prerequisites. Midterm and final exam; two textbooks and a course pack are required.

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ACABS 321/Hist. 306/Rel. 358. Israel Before the Exile (587 BCE): Its History & Religion.

Sections 002-004 satisfy the Upper-Level Writing Requirement.

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: (4). (HU).

Upper-Level Writing Foriegn Lit

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~crowell/321index.html

This course encompasses a series of studies in the cultural and political histories of ancient Israel. Early Israelite history and religion from their beginnings to the aftermath of the 6th century CE Babylonian exile will be examined within their respective biblical and ancient Near Eastern contexts (i.e., Palestine-Israel, Mesopotamia, Egypt, Syria, Persia, and Anatolia). Some selected topics for historical inquiry include Israel's origins, its pre-state civilization, the rise of the nation-state, and the post-monarchial and exilic communities. Central religious institutions, beliefs, and practices to be investigated include the palace, the temple, the rise of monotheism, prophecy, royal ideology, the priesthood, wisdom, magic, and the concepts of death and afterlife. No prerequisites. Critical reading and writing skills are cultivated and measured in a midterm exam requiring an analytical essay in addition to the student's response to various objective-style questions (30%) and in an end-of-the-term 15-page research paper (40%) submitted in two drafts, a preliminary and a final. Regular attendance (10%) and daily reading and written assignments (20%) are also essential components of the course.

Required course texts:

  • J. Maxwell Miller and John H Hayes, A History of Ancient Israel and Judah. Westminister Press, 1986

  • The English Bible. For this course, the Revised Standard Version OR the Jewish Publication Society's TANAKH are recommended.
  • CoursePak readings (available from Accucopy).

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

    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 412. Akkadian Texts.

    Language Courses

    Section 001 Topic?

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

    Prerequisites & Distribution: ACABS 411. (3). (Excl).

    Credits: (3).

    Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

    Introduction to the Semitic language of ancient Babylonia and to the cuneiform writing system. The first term (411) concentrates on a presentation of basic grammar, and the second term (412) on the reading of several ancient texts in cuneiform. Grammatical lectures, student recitation, homework assignments. Weekly quizzes, midterm, and final examination.

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    ACABS 484. Aramaic, II.

    Language Courses

    Section 001.

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

    Prerequisites & Distribution: ACABS 483. (3). (Excl).

    Credits: (3).

    Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

    This course is an introduction to Imperial Aramaic through the reading of the Aramaic portions of the biblical books of Ezra and Daniel. Students will acquire a solid foundation upon which to build a further knowledge of other forms of Aramaic, such as Targumic and Syriac. Books required are (1) copy of the Biblica Hebraica, and (2) a dictionary of Biblical Hebrew in Aramaic.

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    ACABS 498. Senior Honors Thesis.

    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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    ACABS 512. Sumerian Texts.

    Language Courses

    Section 001 Topic?

    Instructor(s): Fumi Karahashi (fumik@umich.edu)

    Prerequisites & Distribution: ACABS 511. (3). (Excl).

    Credits: (3).

    Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

    This course offers an introduction to various genres of Sumerian texts. Students will be reading administrative, lexical, and legal texts; and royal and divine hymns ranging from the Pre-Sargonic to the OB periods. Class participation is essential.

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