Upcoming Jewish Studies Courses

Fall 2016

HEB 121: Elementary Modern Hebrew I
Prof. Avraham-Katz
This course is designed for students with no prior experience in the language.  Special emphasis is placed on active communication to develop oral and comprehension skills. This course counts towards Jewish Studies, Middle East Studies, and the Elon language requirement.

HEB 221: Intermediate Modern Hebrew I
Prof. Avraham-Katz
This course provides intensive development of all language skills, focused emphasis on reading and composition.  Students will learn to describe, analyze, and express opinions on cultural topics.  Prerequisite:  HEB 171 or permission by chair of the department.  This course counts towards Jewish Studies, Middle East Studies, and the Elon language requirement.

POL 366: Middle East Politics
Prof. Kesgin
This course studies Middle Eastern political dynamics and institutions, contemporary issues and problems of selected Middle Eastern and North African countries.  This course may count towards Jewish Studies with a course project that focuses on a Jewish Studies-related topic.

REL 205: Jewish Traditions
Prof. Claussen
This course traces the history of Jewish communities from ancient Israel to the present day, considering the evolution of Jewish ideas and practices as well as the diversity of Jewish cultures throughout the world. We will explore a range of classical and contemporary Jewish approaches to theology, ethics, ritual, gender, peoplehood, spirituality, authority, and relations with other communities.  This course counts towards Jewish Studies, Middle East Studies, and Women's, Gender, and Sexualities Studies.

REL 212: Introduction to the New Testament
Prof. Huber
In this course students approach the writings of early Christianity as literary and rhetorical responses to ancient social, political, and religious concerns. Students are introduced to the multi-faceted worlds surrounding the emerging Christian communities, as well as some of the realities created by these writings. In so doing, this course equips students with the tools for reading complex and ancient texts from a critical perspective.  This course counts towards programs in Jewish Studies, Classical Studies.

REL 461: War in the Jewish Tradition
Prof. Claussen
From interpreting commands to wage war in the Bible to the anti-war movements of the twentieth century, in debates about war in contemporary America and in debates about war in contemporary Israel, members of Jewish communities have had much to say about the morality of war.  This course explores how Jews have thought about the morality of war in various historical contexts, giving particular attention to the uses of the Jewish tradition in contemporary discussions about the use of force.  This course counts towards Jewish Studies, Middle East Studies, and Peace and Conflict Studies.