Jewish Studies (JWST)Arts and Sciences

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Course descriptions provided by the Courses of Study 2014-2015.

JWST 1102

Intended for beginners. Provides a thorough grounding in reading, writing, grammar, oral comprehension, and speaking. Students who complete the course are able to function in basic situations ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: NES 1102

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  5651JWST 1102  SEM 101

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  • For scheduling conflicts, contact instructor.

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Syllabi: none
  •   Combined with: NES 1102

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  5654JWST 1102  SEM 102

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JWST 1561

This course will introduce students to the study of the Ottoman Empire from its inception in the 12th century until the modernization reforms of the 19th century. Topics will include an introduction to ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  •   Combined with: HIST 1561NES 1561

  • 4 Credits Graded

  • 17583JWST 1561  LEC 001

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JWST 2100

Introduces Hebrew literature and Israeli culture through the use of texts and audiovisual materials. For scheduling conflicts, contact instructor. view course details

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Syllabi: none
  •   Combined with: NES 2100

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  5636JWST 2100  SEM 101

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  • For scheduling conflicts, contact instructor.

JWST 2575

This course will survey the cultic practices and beliefs of ancient Babylonia and Assyria, the two major civilizations of Mesopotamia. We will examine the major myths of this region, e.g., Ishtar's Descent ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  •  8182JWST 2575  LEC 001

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JWST 2580

What is the role of the literary imagination in keeping the memory of the Holocaust alive for our culture? Within the historical context and raising ethical issues, we shall examine major and widely read ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: COML 2580ENGL 2580

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 15463JWST 2580  LEC 001

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JWST 2668

The course surveys the history and culture of pharaonic Egypt from its prehistoric origins down to the early first millennium bce. Within a chronological framework, the following themes or topics will ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  •   Combined with: ARKEO 2668NES 2668

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  8177JWST 2668  LEC 001

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JWST 2695

This course offers an introduction to the history of Christianity from the first century through the seventeenth and perhaps a bit beyond. Our emphasis will be on the diversity of Christian traditions, ... view course details

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  • 15593JWST 2695  LEC 001

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JWST 2724

The Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) is a repository of ancient Israelite religious, political, social, historical, and literary traditions. For the modern reader these ancient traditions are often obscured ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: NES 2724RELST 2724

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 15610JWST 2724  LEC 001

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JWST 3102

This course is a continuation of work done in NES 3101/JWST 3101, with less emphasis on the study of grammar. We will read and discuss texts of cultural relevance using articles published in Israeli newspapers, ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  •   Combined with: NES 3102

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  5637JWST 3102  SEM 101

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JWST 3105

This course is intended to continue the development of all aspects of the language. Emphasis, however, will be placed on speaking skills and understanding by using text material relevant to Israeli contemporary ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  •   Combined with: NES 3105

  • 2 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7579JWST 3105  SEM 101

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  • Course may be repeated for credit.

JWST 3655

In the media we read about conflict in Iraq between Sunnis, Shiites, and Kurds; strife between Muslims and Copts in Egypt; rebellion in Syria against the ruling Alawite minority; and violence between Israelis ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  •   Combined with: NES 3655

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 15613JWST 3655  LEC 001

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JWST 3661

This course is an intense introduction for undergraduate and graduate students to the earliest written language, Sumerian, and its cuneiform script. Each week will feature grammar lessons and a reading ... view course details

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  • 15617JWST 3661  SEM 101

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JWST 3740

In the Middle Ages, people traveled for all many reasons: for adventure, for commerce, on pilgrimage, for conquest. We will read the accounts of medieval travelers in order better to understand the motives ... view course details

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  • 15647JWST 3740  LEC 001

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JWST 4230

Between the end of the nineteenth century and the second World War, the Jewish intellectual appears as a new figure of European societies, quickly becoming a major actor in public spheres.  During those ... view course details

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  • 15779JWST 4230  LEC 001

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JWST 4310

Topic for spring 2015: Narratives of Medieval Art view course details

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  • Topic: Narratives of Medieval Art

  • 16506JWST 4310  SEM 101

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JWST 4525

Following the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948 and the first Arab-Israeli war, over 150,000 Palestinian Arabs remained in Israel. Referred to by the Arab media as "1948 Arabs" or "Arabs within" ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: NES 4525

  • 4 Credits Graded

  • 15615JWST 4525  SEM 101

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JWST 4628

What is "Gnosticism" and why has it come to be so hotly debated among scholars and in our contemporary media? What is the Gospel of Judas and are its ideas "heretical"? Who wrote the Gospel of Thomas and ... view course details

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  • 15605JWST 4628  SEM 101

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JWST 4776

The Babylonian Talmud has long been viewed as the central text of post-Biblical Judaism. Yet little is known about who wrote it and when it was written. Since the Talmud is an extremely difficult text ... view course details

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  • 15656JWST 4776  SEM 101

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JWST 4913

This extraordinary figure died in 1941, and his death is emblematic of the intellectual depradations of Nazism. Yet since World War II, his influence, his reputation, and his fascination for scholars in ... view course details

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  • 15879JWST 4913  SEM 101

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JWST 6230

Between the end of the nineteenth century and the second World War, the Jewish intellectual appears as a new figure of European societies, quickly becoming a major actor in public spheres.  During those ... view course details

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  • 15783JWST 6230  LEC 001

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JWST 6310

Topic for spring 2015: Narratives of Medieval Art view course details

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  • Topic: Narratives of Medieval Art

  •  9048JWST 6310  SEM 101

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JWST 6661

This course is an intense introduction for undergraduate and graduate students to the earliest written language, Sumerian, and its cuneiform script. Each week will feature grammar lessons and a reading ... view course details

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  • 15620JWST 6661  SEM 101

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JWST 6740

We will read a selection of medieval travel accounts, paying special attention to the ways in which travelers observed, interacted with, and described the people they encountered and the places they visited. ... view course details

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JWST 6776

This course is offered as a companion to NES 4776 for an additional credit.  During this hour, we will read the texts presented each week (during the seminar portion of Talmud and the Art of Reading) in ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  •   Combined with: NES 6776

  • 1 Credit Stdnt Opt

  • 17543JWST 6776  SEM 101

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JWST 7913

This extraordinary figure died in 1941, and his death is emblematic of the intellectual depradations of Nazism. Yet since World War II, his influence, his reputation, and his fascination for scholars ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  • 15882JWST 7913  SEM 101

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