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Undergraduate Fall 2001 Courses


JS 190: Freshman Seminar: Archeology and The Bible
JS 201: Intermediate Modern Hebrew I
JS 239: Early and Medieval Judaism
JS 242: American Jewish History
JS 301: Advanced Hebrew I
JS 344: The Ethics of Judaism
JS 370: Special Topics: The Irving Trial
JS 435R: Hebrew of the Israeli Media
JS 495R: Honor Thesis
JS 497R: Directed Reading in Jewish Studies


JS 190-01P: Freshman Seminar: Archeology and The Bible (Same as MES 190-00P)
T-TH 10:00-11:15, MAX: 18

Content: An introduction to the field of Biblical Archaeology with careful examination of theory and methodology. The famous discoveries (inscriptions, architecture) and important sites (Megiddo, Hazor, Gezer, Dan) which form the historical background to some of the biblical stories will be examined as well as issues and topics such as the Patriarchs (Abraham, Isaac, Jacobs) Exodus (Moses) and settlement of Canaan (Joshua, the kings of Israel and Judah, and more. Other topics that will be studied include daily life, religion and ancient art.


  • Course packet
  • Rast, Walter E., Through the Ages in Palestinian Archaeology (Philadelphia: Trinity Press International, 1992)
  • May, H.G., Oxford Bible Atlas (New York, Toronto: Oxford University Press), 3rd edition
  • Oxford Study Bible

Particulars: Examinations: Midterm (25%) and Final (35%), 2 papers (20%); quizzes (10%); attendance (10%)

Comments: This course fulfills the methodology requirements for a Minor in Mediterranean Archaeology; it serves as an excellent background for students planning to go on an archaeological summer program.

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JS 201-000/001: Intermediate Modern Hebrew I (same as HEBR 201-000/001)
Wagner, MWF 11:30-12:45 & Tues. 11:45-12:35, MAX: 10
Getz, MWF 2:00-2:50 & Tues. 2:30-3:45, MAX 10

Content: Hebrew 201 is a continuation of Hebrew 102 on a more advanced level. At the beginning of the course there is an in-depth review of the verb system. The vocabulary and texts introduced in this course are more sophisticated than the material of the first year. Much emphasis is placed on speaking and creative writing. The course is a good preparation for students planing to study on a college level in Israel. 


  • Coffin, Edna Encounters in Modern Hebrew, Level II 
  • Lauden, Edna & Weinback, Liora, Multi Dictionary Bilingual Learners Dictionary
  • Bolozky, Shmuel, 501 Hebrew Verbs

Particulars: This course is the first in the Hebrew second year sequence. It is open to students who have completed Hebrew 102, or the equivalent. The course may be used to satisfy the requirements for majors in Middle Eastern Studies, minor in Hebrew.

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JS 239-000: Early and Medieval Judaism (Same as REL 239-000)
, TTh 11:30-12:45, MAX: 40

Content: What are the basic ideas of Judaism as they emerged from the Bible and developed in Rabbinic literature? We will examine the evolution of Judasim from Biblical to Medieval times. We will analyze the history and development of the life and year cycle as well as major beliefs and concepts in Judaism, including God, Israel, redemption, suffering, and reward and punishment. In addition, we will look at the history of some of the traditional Jewish attitudes to issues such as women in Judaism, euthanasia, death and dying, sex, marriage, abortion, divorce, etc.

Particulars: Two midterms and a final exam.

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JS 242-000: American Jewish History (Same as HIST 242-000)
Goldstein, MWF 10:40-11:30, MAX: 10

Content: This course is a survey of the Jewish experience in America, examining the religious, cultural, political and economic activities of American Jews from the colonial period to the present. Students will explore how Jewish tradition has adapted to and been challenged by the American setting, how patterns of communal life have been reshaped, what the relationship of Jews has been to other Americans and to the international Jewish community, and how American Jewish identities have been created from Jews' dual impulses for integration and distinctiveness. This course satisfies area V.A of the General Education Requirements (Historical, Cultural, and International Perspectives: United States History).

Texts: Possible texts for this course include: Jonathan D. Sarna, ed., The American Jewish Experience;
Rose Cohen, Out of the Shadow: A Russian Jewish Girlhood on the Lower East Side; Deborah Dash Moore, To the Golden Cities: Pursuing the American Jewish Dream in Miami and L.A., Samuel Heilman, Portrait of American Jews: Last Half of the Twentieth Century; Lisa Schiffman, Generation J; a number of articles on e-reserve

Particulars: Class sessions will combine lecture and discussion and also include regular "breakout sessions" that emphasize the close reading of primary sources. There will be two mid-term exams and a final, as well as several short response papers.

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JS 301-000: Advanced Hebrew I (same as HEBR 301-000)
Borowski, TTh 1-2:15, MAX: 12

Content: The course continues to develop skills acquired in first and second year courses and concentrates on more complicated grammatical forms, written and oral expressions, comprehension and advanced texts, as well as exposure to Israeli culture. In addition, there will be an introduction to the language of the Israeli media and Israeli literature. 


  • Hara Farstei, Tamar Weil, Hapo'al Lelomdei Ivrit
  • Naomi Nansur, Riva Padan, Hebrew from A to Z, volume 3, Tel Aviv University
  • Shmuel Bolozky, 501 Hebrew Verbs
  • Edna Lauden, Liora Weinback, Multi Dictionary Bilingual Learners Dictionary

Particulars: Satisfactory completion of Hebrew 202, or equivalent (to be determined by the instructor). There will be several short examinations during the term and a final paper. Participation in "Shenkin in Emory" is required. The course may be used to satisfy the requirements for the majors in Middle Eastern Studies.

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JS 344-000: The Ethics of Judaism (Same as REL 344-000)
, Time: TBA, MAX: 5

Content: As a discipline, ethics is the way one analyzes a situation and reaches a conclusion as to what one should do. As such, ethics must be done from within a particular tradition, maintaining certain assumptions and following unique patterns of thought. This course is meant to introduce the student to what ethical discourse is like in the Jewish tradition: what sources are used, how arguments are constructed, and how one weighs competing arguments. Through the analysis done largely in class, students will learn the skills involved in doing Jewish ethics, and actively participate in the process. Topics to be discussed are social ethics, such as lying and self-sacrifice, and sexual ethics. A final paper on medical ethics is the student's own attempt at writing Jewish.

Texts: Sourcebooks of primary texts (in translation), available at the department office.

Particulars: Two in-class exams and a final paper on a topic approved by the instructor. One special project done in groups. Active participation in class is crucial, and is part of the grade.

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JS 370-001: Special Topics: The Irving Trial (Same as REL 370-000, HIST 385-002)
, Tues 2:30-5:00, MAX: 15

Content: This seminar will examine the basic issues which emerged as part of David Irving's law suit against Emory Professor Deborah Lipstadt. The trial was described by The Daily Telegraph (London) as having "done for the new century what the Nuremberg tribunals or the Eichmann trial did for earlier generations." The Times (London) described it as "history has had its day in court and scored a crushing victory." The judge found David Irving to ba a Holocaust denier, a falsifier of history, a racist, an antisemite, and a liar. Lipstadt's legal battle with Irving lasted approximately five years. According to The New York Times, the trial "put an end to the pretense that Mr. Irving is anything but a self-promoting apologist for Hitler." The seminar will explor Irving's charges, how the courtroom defense was constructed and the judge's verdict. A main objective of the seminar will be to explore how historians analyze historical documents and data, how they apply historial methodology, and the role of convergence of evidence.

Particulars: Written assignments: Reaction papers, not exceeding 2 pages, will be due each week on the readings assigned for that week. They will not be graded but the general quality of them and the total number submitted will affect your final grade. There will be four papers throughout the seminar: three papers of 5-7 pages each and a final paper of 10-15 pages in length. The topics are:

  1. Media issues relating to the trial.
  2. Compare and contrast two denier websites: their tactics, approach, and credibility.
  3. Convergence of evidence in Holocaust scholarship.
  4. Free speech and denial issues on campus (final paper).

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JS 435R-000: Hebrew of the Israeli Media (Same as HEBR 435R-000)
, Mon 4:00-7:00, MAX:5

Content: This course intends to train students to use the Israeli news media and to master its vocabulary and language structure by reading selections from Israeli newspapers, listening to Israeli radio broadcasts,and viewing Israeli television excerpts. Issues in Israeli culture will be emphasized.


  • Rina Charash, Aliza Kreizel, Mikra Iton.
  • Edna Lauden, Liora Weinback, Multi Dictionary Bilingual Learners Dictionary (paperback) 
  • Selection from newspapers, audio and video cassettes from the Israeli media

Particulars: Written and oral assignments will be given regularly. There will be three or four reports and three short tests. Grading will be based on exams, reports, class participation, and homework. Prerequisites are Hebrew 311 or consent of instructor. Students are required to actively participate in class activities and discussions. The course may be used to satisfy the requirements for the major in Middle Eastern Studies, the Hebrew minor, and the Hebrew requirements for the MA in Jewish Studies. 

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JS 495R-000: Honors Thesis
Time: TBA

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JS 497R-000: Directed Reading in Jewish Studies
Time: TBA

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Undergraduates may also take graduate courses.

For information on the JEWISH STUDIES MAJOR, go to: Undergraduate Programs in JS

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