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Fall 2015

Course syllabi can be found in LATTE

Professor Course Number Course Title
Abusch NEJS 212a Magic and Witchcraft in the Ancient Near East SEMINAR
Abusch NEJS 202a Akkadian Mythological / Religious Texts I
Brown-deVost NEJS 110b Readings in the Hebrew Bible
Ben-Or NEJS 172b Modern Arab-Jewish Literature (in English)


NEJS 145b Ideology and Society in Contemporary Israel: Major Controversies
Brooten NEJS 130a The New Testament: A Historical Introduction
Brooten NEJS 148b Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Jews and Christians: Sources and Interpretations
Ellenson NEJS 166b Who is a Jew? Jewish Status and Identity in Israel and America
Fishman NEJS 164b The Sociology of the American Jewish Community
Freeze NEJS 141a Russian Jews in the Twentieth Century
Hussein ARBC 103a Lower Advanced Arabic
Hussein ARBC 106a Advanced Arabic I: Contemporary Arabic Literature
Karjala/Azoni ARBC 10a (1) Beginning Arabic I
Karjala/Azoni ARBC 10a (2) Beginning Arabic I
Karjala ARBC 30a Intermediate Arabic I
Kimelman FYS 18a Understanding Evil and Human Destiny
Kimelman NEJS 5a The History of Judaism
Krasner NEJS 169b From Sunday Schools to Birthright: History of American Jewish Education
Levisohn NEJS 231a Graduate Proseminar in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies
Warren IMES 104a Islam: Civilization and Institutions
Dhanani NEJS 190b Islamic Philosophy
Makiya IMES 105a War and Revolution in the Middle East
Makiya NEJS 197b Political Culture of the Middle East
Mirsky NEJS 124b Divinity, Difference and Desire:  An Introduction to Jewish Mysticism
Mirsky NEJS 192b Jewish Political Thought
Sarna NEJS 162a American Judaism
Shakow NEJS 188a The Rise and Decline of the Ottoman Empire, 1300-1800
Sherman NEJS 10a Biblical Hebrew Grammar and Texts
Szobel NEJS 178a

Love, Sex, and Power in Israeli Culture (taught in Hebrew)

Szobel / Ankori FA / NEJS 183a

Breaking Boundaries in Contemporary Israeli Art

Wright NEJS 113a

The Bible in Aramaic

Wright NEJS 113b

Law in the Bible and the Ancient Near East

Wright NEJS 206a

Advanced Northwest Semitics