Course Offerings Fall 2018

The following courses are available for credit towards the minor in Jewish Studies.


HEBR 1001, Beginning Hebrew (4.0 credits)        

Section 1: 9:30 am-10:20 am, MTWTH, 284 Lockett, P. Anderson



HEBR 2003, Intermediate Hebrew (4.0 credits)

Section 1: MTWTH 8:30-9:20, 284 Lockett, P. Anderson



HIST 2030, War, Mass Violence, and Genocide (3.0 credits)

This course examines mass violence against civilians, usually in the context of warfare. These events have earned various names: ethnic cleansings, forced resettlements, famines, genocides, purges, the Holocaust, or massacres. What are the common causes and consequences linking these atrocities, and what makes each case unique? This course will tackle the histories, politics, and legacies of several cases: the destruction of American Indian populations, the Armenian genocide, the Soviet famine in Ukraine, the Holocaust, postwar expulsion of Germans, anti-Communist massacres in Indonesia, and the Rwandan genocide. This is a General Education course.

MWF 10:30 am-11:20 am, 109 Tureaud Hall, Karch


REL/HIST 4125, History of Ancient Israel (3.0 credits)  

This course surveys Israelite history from its beginning (ca. 1200 BCE) to the end of Israelite and Judean statehood (ca. 580 BCE).  The main goal is to become skillful at historical reconstruction, which includes the critical evaluation of ancient sources, especially the Hebrew Bible. The format of the course balances lectures with class discussion and student reports.

TTh 3:00 pm-4:20 pm, 237 Coates Hall, Irvine


*REL 1004.1: Old Testament 

REL 1004 is a survey of the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) against the background of the history and religious life of ancient Israel. The approach to the literature is strictly historical and intended for undergraduates without prior experience in the academic study of the Bible.

Section 1: TTH 7:30 am-8:50 am, 209 Coates Hall, Irvine 


*REL 1004.2, Old Testament

This course is a broad survey that covers most of the literature of the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) and addresses literary, historical, archaeological, and theological issues. We will employ historical-critical methods to examine the religious ideas and practices of ancient Israel against the background of the cultures of its near eastern neighbors, including Egypt, Assyria, Babylonia, Persia, Greece, and Syria. To prepare for each topic of lecture/discussion, we will read numerous narratives from the Bible, related passages from the required textbook, and selected articles by modern scholars.

Section 2: TTH 10:30 am-11:50 am, Isbell 


*REL 2029, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam

This course is an introduction to the three major western monotheistic traditions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. We will discuss the historical development, central teachings, beliefs, and practices of each tradition. Students will gain an understanding of their shared histories and interactions and will explore the ways in which their respective ideological frameworks may overlap and diverge. We will also touch on some of the contemporary issues relevant to each of these religious communities. 

Section 1: MWF, 9:30 am-10:20 am, Yadlapati

Section 2: MWF, 10:30 am-11:20 am, Yadlapati (Reserved for HSSRC)


REL 3104, Hebrew Prophets

This course is a study of prophets and prophecy in the Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament). We will begin by examining the concepts of prophecy in the world of the ancient Near East as background for understanding the development of Hebrew prophecy. In order to follow the lectures, you must read the assigned biblical portions as we progress. Both the Oxford Annotated Bible and the Jewish Study Bible (Oxford, 2004) include textual notes that you should read along with the biblical passages. Your participation in class should be based upon your reading, including any sources you read not assigned by me. These may come from your own religious tradition, a professor or clergyman other than this instructor, or simply your own curiosity that leads you to examine a particular book or article. If you are studying Hebrew, you may choose a portion of Scripture from the prophets to translate and annotate in lieu of the final examination.

TTH, 1:30 pm-2:50 pm, 103 Coates, Isbell