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Martha G. Newman, Chair BUR 529, Mailcode A3700, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-232-7737

Na'ama Pat-El

Ph.D.- 2008, Harvard University

Assistant Professor, Department of Middle Eastern Studies
Na'ama Pat-El

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Interests

Comparative Semitic linguistics | historical linguistics | languages in contact

R S 313 • Intro To The Hebrew Bible

44500 • Spring 2014
Meets MWF 900am-1000am WAG 201
(also listed as CTI 310, J S 311, MES 310 )
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This class aims to introduce students to the modern study of the Hebrew Bible. The class will focus on the study of the Bible's history and literature and will explore the main methodologies used in its study. The final goal is to equip students for more advanced classes and research on the Hebrew Bible.

Texts

English Bible. The New Oxford Annotated Bible: New Revised Standard Version With the Apocrypha, Oxford University Press. OR: HarperCollins Study Bible: New Revised Standard Version, Harper One. Textbook:Coogan, M. D. (2011). The Old Testament: A Historical and Literary Introduction to the Hebrew Bible. 2nd Edition. New York, Oxford University Press.

Grading

25% Class attendance, participation and preparation

25% Quizzes

25% Midterm

25% Final exam

R S 353 • Biblical Prophecy

43745 • Spring 2012
Meets TTH 930am-1100am MEZ 1.120
(also listed as HEB 374, MES 320 )
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This course aims to familiarize the students with the general content of the prophetic corpus of the Hebrew Bible and relevant Near Eastern material. Attention will be given to the different types of prophecy portrayed in the Bible, the social and historical background of the prophet, and the development and maintenance of the prophetic literature. During the semester students will read large portions of the prophetic books and major themes will be discussed in class.

 

Texts

BiblePetersen, The Prophetic Literature

 

Grading

Class participation and preparation 30%; presentations 20%; midterm 20%; final 30%

R S 313 • Intro To The Hebrew Bible

43585 • Fall 2011
Meets TTH 930am-1100am PAR 301
(also listed as CTI 310, J S 311, MES 310 )
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The Hebrew bible (the Old Testament) is a foundation text of Western culture and was subject to many interpretations for over 2000 years. The goal of the course is to look at the Bible as a text and investigate its meaning in the context of its historical and cultural setting in the Ancient Near East. The course examines the Bible through a wide range of approaches, including source criticism and the historical-critical school. Special emphasis is placed on the Bible against the backdrop of its historical and cultural setting in the Ancient Near East.

 

Texts

Coogan: The Old Testament

Coogan: The New Oxford Annotated Bible

 

Grading

To be provided by instructor. 

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