Courses

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The courses listed below are provided by Student Information Services (SIS). This listing provides a snapshot of immediately available courses within this department and may not be complete. Course registration information can be found at https://sis.jhu.edu/classes.

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Introduction to the History of Rabbinic Literature
AS.130.346 (01)

Broadly surveying classic rabbinic literature, including the Talmud and its commentaries, the legal codes and the response, this seminar explores the immanent as well as the external factors that shaped the development of this literature, the seminal role of this literature in Jewish self-definition and self-perception, and the role of this literature in pre-modern and modern Jewish culture.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: TTh 9:00AM - 10:15AM
  • Instructor: Katz, David
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 10/20
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Prophets and Prophecy in the Bible
AS.130.373 (01)

From thundering voices of social justice to apocalyptic visionaries, biblical prophets have been revered by Jews, Christians and Muslims for thousands of years. They have inspired civic leaders such as Martin Luther King Jr. yet also provided fodder for modern charlatans promising a utopian future. Yet who were these individuals (orators? politicians? diviners? poets?) and what was the full range of their message as set against the Realpolitik world of ancient Israel, Iraq, Egypt, Syria and Jordan?

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: TTh 12:00PM - 1:15PM
  • Instructor: Lewis, Theodore
  • Room:  
  • Status: Waitlist Only
  • Seats Available: 0/20
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Elementary Biblical Hebrew
AS.130.441 (01)

Survey of grammar and reading of simple texts. May not be taken on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: MW 1:30PM - 2:45PM
  • Instructor: Weimar, Jason Everett
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 5/10
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Reading Of Hebrew Prose
AS.130.443 (01)

Reading of Biblical Hebrew Prose, from texts such as the Pentateuch, Joshua, Judges, Samuel, and Kings.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: MW 3:00PM - 4:15PM
  • Instructor: Weimar, Jason Everett
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 8/10
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Spinoza’s Theological Political Treatise
AS.150.428 (01)

The course is an in-depth study of Spinoza’s Theological-Political Treatise. Among the topics to be discussed are: Spinoza’s Bible criticism, the nature of religion, philosophy and faith, the nature of the ancient Hebrew State, Spinoza’s theory of the State, the role of religion in Spinoza’s political theory, the freedom to philosophize, the metaphysics of Spinoza’s Theological-Political Treatise, and finally, the reception of the TTP.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: M 1:30PM - 4:00PM
  • Instructor: Melamed, Yitzhak Yohanan
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 8/18
  • PosTag(s): PHIL-MODERN, INST-PT

Advanced Yiddish II
AS.210.368 (01)

Continuation of Advanced Yiddish I (AS.210.367). Students will continue to hone their skills in all four language areas: reading, writing, listening, and speaking. In addition to advanced grammar study and readings in Yiddish literature, the course will take into account the interests of each individual student, allowing time for students to read Yiddish texts pertinent to their own research and writing.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: TTh 10:30AM - 11:45AM
  • Instructor: Lang, Beatrice
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 13/15
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Monsters, Ghosts, and Golems
AS.211.347 (01)

Modern Jewish culture is full of monsters, ghosts, golems, dybbuks, and other occult creatures. We will study the rich religious and folkloric traditions that these works draw on in order to better understand why Yiddish, German, Hebrew, and English literature from the 19th century to the present and why film from its beginnings are so full of the occult and the supernatural. We will pay special attention to the ways that monsters, spirits, and the like were deployed in modernist literature and film, in order to ask and answer major questions about modernity: what are the social and aesthetic consequences of technology and automation? what aspects of human nature are revealed by new insights into the psyche? All readings in English.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: TTh 1:30PM - 2:45PM
  • Instructor: Spinner, Samuel Jacob
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 7/15
  • PosTag(s): n/a

ANGELS IN AMERICA (The Play) The Millennium Shift in American Culture and Politics
AS.225.218 (01)

Tony Kushner’s epoch-making play weaves together astonishingly diverse sides of America in a broad tapestry; a modern work that emerged at the end of the 20th Century, now being revived world wide: it provides keys to understanding the American zeitgeist and the coming transformations of the culture. In one pivotal work we find the emergence of LGBT rights, the Mormon Church, the AIDS epidemic, the new “spirituality,” the Reagan-era transformation of both government and business, and the looming figure of Roy Cohn whose influence in American politics “behind the scenes” ranged from the Rosenberg trial to his work as counsel for the McCarthy Committee in the 1950s: and even his legacy in the 2016 as primary political and business mentor of the current President of the United States.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: Th 6:00PM - 8:30PM
  • Instructor: Martin, Joseph H
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 7/8
  • PosTag(s): n/a

First Year Hebrew II
AS.384.116 (01)

Designed to provide reading and writing mastery, to provide a foundation in Hebrew grammar and to provide basic conversational skills. Cross-listed with Jewish Studies.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: MWF 9:00AM - 9:50AM
  • Instructor: Cohen, Zvi
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 5/10
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Second Year Hebrew
AS.384.215 (01)

Designed to enrich vocabulary and provide intensive grammatical review, and enhance fluency in reading, writing and comprehension. Cross-listed with Jewish Studies. Final day/time will be determined during the first week of classes based on students’ schedules.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times:
  • Instructor: Cohen, Zvi
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 13/16
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Course # (Section) Title Day/Times Instructor Room PosTag(s) Info
AS.130.346 (01)Introduction to the History of Rabbinic LiteratureTTh 9:00AM - 10:15AMKatz, David 
AS.130.373 (01)Prophets and Prophecy in the BibleTTh 12:00PM - 1:15PMLewis, Theodore 
AS.130.441 (01)Elementary Biblical HebrewMW 1:30PM - 2:45PMWeimar, Jason Everett 
AS.130.443 (01)Reading Of Hebrew ProseMW 3:00PM - 4:15PMWeimar, Jason Everett 
AS.150.428 (01)Spinoza’s Theological Political TreatiseM 1:30PM - 4:00PMMelamed, Yitzhak Yohanan PHIL-MODERN, INST-PT
AS.210.368 (01)Advanced Yiddish IITTh 10:30AM - 11:45AMLang, Beatrice 
AS.211.347 (01)Monsters, Ghosts, and GolemsTTh 1:30PM - 2:45PMSpinner, Samuel Jacob 
AS.225.218 (01)ANGELS IN AMERICA (The Play) The Millennium Shift in American Culture and PoliticsTh 6:00PM - 8:30PMMartin, Joseph H 
AS.384.116 (01)First Year Hebrew IIMWF 9:00AM - 9:50AMCohen, Zvi 
AS.384.215 (01)Second Year HebrewCohen, Zvi