Spring 2008

Israel Studies Courses available for undergraduate and graduate students

Prof. W.M. Schniedewind
Jerusalem: The Holy City
Ancient Near East 10W

M/W (9-10:20am) + Discussion, Humanities 135 
Class Description: Survey of religious, political, and cultural history of Jerusalem over three millennia as symbolic focus of three faiths: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Transformation of sacred space as reflected by literary and archaeological evidence through examination of testimony of artifacts, architecture, and iconography in relation to written word. Study of creation of mythic Jerusalem through event and experience.

Prof. A.A. Burke
Archaeology and Religion of Israel
Ancient Near East 162

T/R (11-12:20pm), Dodd 167
Class Description: Survey of archaeology of Palestine from Bronze Age to destruction of Jerusalem in A.D. 70, with emphasis on religious development of ancient Israel.

Prof. N. Ezer
Elementary Hebrew
Hebrew 1C

Lec 1 M/T/W/R/F (11-11:50am), Humanities A26
Lec 2 M/T/W/R/F (12-12:50pm), Humanities A26
Class Description: Introduction to modern Hebrew, including listening, speaking, reading, and writing. 

Prof. Y. Sabar
Intermediate Hebrew
Hebrew 102C

Lec M/W/F (10-10:5am), Humanities A30; T/R (1-1:50pm), Dodd 178
Class Description: Amplification of grammar; reading of texts from modern literature. 

Prof. L. Hakak
Advanced Hebrew
Hebrew 103C

T/R (9:30-10:45am), Humanities A26
Class Description: Introduction to modern Hebrew literary texts.

Prof. J.D. Smoak
Readings in Biblical Hebrew
Hebrew 110C

T/R (11-12:15pm), Rolfe 3112
Class Description: Reading of prose texts from Hebrew Bible, particularly from Former Prophets (Joshua-Kings). Introduction to certain aspects of historical grammar of biblical Hebrew. Reading and translation of variety of texts from different historical periods of Hebrew language, including texts from Archaic, Standard, and Late periods. Increased understanding of Hebrew verbal system, including different verbal patterns, their morphology, and syntactic function in biblical Hebrew prose.

Prof. N. Ezer
Conversational Hebrew
Hebrew 111B

W (1-2:50pm), Math Science 5225
Class Description: Vocabulary used in daily life, different speech acts in both formal and informal contexts, and various Israeli sociocultural issues using different kinds of media, such as video, Internet, and newspapers.

Prof. W.M. Schniedewind
Studies in Hebrew Biblical Literature
Hebrew 220

T (1-3:50pm), Rolfe 2106
Class Description: Critical study of Hebrew texts in relation to major versions; philological, comparative, literary, and historical study of various biblical books.

Prof. H. Lavsky hagit.lavsky@huji.ac.il
History of the Yishuv and Israel, 1917-1948
History 191L (section 2) Undergraduate seminar

M (2-4:50pm), Public Af
Class Description: The seminar deals with the developing and shaping the Jewish national Home until the foundation of the State of Israel. We will delve into major issues of immigration and settlement from political, social, economic, and cultural perspectives, considering external factors, such as the British Mandate, the Arab-Jewish conflict, and the Yishuv-Diaspora relations.

Prof. Hagit Lavsky hagit.lavsky@huji.ac.il
Colonization and Nationalism: Jewish settlement in Palestine-Israel, 1882-1948
History 191/201R Graduate seminar

W (3-5:50pm), Royce 152
Class Description: The seminar deals with the Jewish colonization in Palestine during the first half of the 20th century, focusing on issues relating to the interrelations between nationalism, immigration and colonization, such as: what distinguished the Zionist orchestrated settlement policy? To what extent did national settlement resemble imperial colonization? Did immigration dictate or had it been dictated by the national settlement policy? How much was the national enterprise involved with socialism? What where the mutual impacts between national colonization and the Arab-Jewish conflict?

Prof. L. Hakak
Modern Hebrew Literature Made into Films
Jewish Studies 75

T/R (3-4:50pm) + Discussion, Humanities 135
Class Description: Reading, analysis, and discussion of modern Hebrew literature that was made into films, including literary works of prominent Israeli authors (S. Yizhar, A.B. Yehoshua, Amos Oz, and Yitzhak Ben Ner) that were translated to English and had filmic adaptations.

Dr. Nahshon Perez nahshonp@gmail.com
Liberal Nationalism and Zionism
Political Science 119

T/R (8-9:45am)
Class Description: This course aims to discuss the phenomenon of nationalism and Zionism through a mainly liberal perspective. As a part of this discussion we shall read some of the main Zionist essays such as Herzl's 'the Jewish State'. We shall discuss issues such as how liberal can nationalism be, the relation between nationalism and universalism, historic injustice and others.

Prof. S.L. Spiegel / Prof. P.G. Thompson
International Relations of Middle East
Political Science M132B

M/W (12:30-1:45pm) + Discussion, Haines 39
Class Description: Role of great powers in Middle East, with emphasis on America, Soviet, and West European policies since 1945. 

Dr. S. S Baradaran
The Politics of Economic Development: South Korea and Israel
Political Science 139

M/W/F (10-10:50am), Humanities 169
Class Description: Historical and analytical study of how strategic environment and economic planning came together to bring about rapidly growing industrial economies in South Korea and Israel.