J S 304N • Jewish Civ: 1492 To Present

39415 • Bodian, Miriam
Meets TTH 1230pm-200pm GAR 1.126
(also listed as EUS 306, HIS 306N, R S 313N)
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This is the second half of a two-semester survey of Jewish civilization, and deals with the period from the Expulsion of the Jews from Spain in 1492 to the present. It will give students a grasp of major demographic shifts, the impact of the Reformation, the emergence of new attitudes to Jews, the breakdown of traditional authority and the trend toward secularization. It will deal with the following transformative events: the rise of eastern European Jewry, the spread of kabbalah (a form of mysticism), the entry of Jews into a capitalist economy, Hassidism, Jewish Enlightenment (Haskalah), emancipation, modern antisemitism, Zionism, Jews in the Muslim world, the rise American Jewry, the Holocaust, the establishment of the State of Israel, and the Arab-Israeli conflict. The thematic core of the course will be the concepts of exile and return – their various meanings and interpretations as new historical contexts took shape.



Eli Barnavi, A Historical Atlas of the Jewish People: From the Time of the Patriarchs to the Present. 

Paul Mendes-Flohr and Jehuda Reinharz, eds., The Jew in the Modern World: A Documentary History.



First mid-term (25%), second mid-term (25%), final exam (50%).


J S 311 • Intro To The Old Testament

39425 • Pat-El, Na'ama
Meets TTH 930am-1100am MEZ 2.124
(also listed as CTI 305G, MES 310, R S 313C)
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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.


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 Policy

25% Class attendance, participation and preparation

25% Quizzes

25% Midterm

25% Final exam

J S 311 • Amer Jews: The Yiddish Exp

39430 • Gottesman, Yitskhok (Itzik) N.
Meets TTH 1230pm-200pm GDC 2.402
(also listed as AMS 315, GSD 310, R S 316K)
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American Jews: The Yiddish Experience

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 Course Description:

This course introduces students to the history and creativity of the Jewish immigrants who arrived in the United State from 1880 to 1925. These Yiddish speaking Jews from Eastern Europe became the largest segment of American Jewry and left an indelible stamp on the character of the nation. Their grandchildren and great-grandchildren continue to do so.

Using memoirs, films, novels, poetry, short stories and historical analysis the material will include: daily life on the Lower East Side, the  NY Yiddish theater; Jews in the Labor movement,  Jews in Hollywood, Jewish humor; Jewish American literature,  Jewish immigrants in the West and the South.

Required Textbooks: These books will be available for purchase at the University Coop.

  • My Future Is In America: Autobiographies of Eastern European Jewish Immigrants  Ed. Jocelyn Cohen
  • Jews Without Money Michael Gold
  • Bread Givers  novel by Anzia Yezierska
  • Yekl  novel by Abraham Cahan
  • A Fire in Their Hearts: Yiddish Socialists in New York by Tony Michels
  • Tales of the Yiddish Rialto: Reminiscences of Playwrights and Players in New York's Jewish Theatre in the Early 1900's  by Lous Lipsky

Grading: Semester Grades will be determined as follows.

  1. 2 short papers (2-3 pages) , 2 long papers (7 – 9 pages)   55%
  2. In Class Participation and Attendance (30%) If you miss 5 or more classes you will drop one letter  grade.
  3. Oral presentations and reaction papers.  (15%)

Class Restrictions: Laptop use is forbidden unless you have prior approval from the professor in order to take notes on your computer. 

J S 363 • Biblical Prophecy

39440 • Pat-El, Na'ama
Meets TTH 1230pm-200pm MEZ 1.120
(also listed as CTI 375, MEL 321, MES 342, R S 353)
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The course introduces students to the variety of prophetic types in the Old Testament, their development through history and their parallels in Near Eastern Literature.


Bible Petersen, D. L. (2002). The Prophetic Literature: an introduction. Louisville, KY, Westminster John Knox Press. ISBN 978-0664254537


20% Class attendance, participation and preparation. 20% 2 review papers. 30% Midterm. 30% Final exam.

J S 363 • In Search Of King David

39446 • Hackett, Jo Ann
Meets TTH 1100am-1230pm CAL 422
(also listed as MES 342, R S 365)
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Israel’s second king, David son of Jesse, is remembered in later literature as the ideal king—he overcame obstacles to rule a large kingdom; he was loyal to and beloved of Yahweh, Israel’s god; he played the lyre and wrote psalms; he  was even the type of the Messiah, an idea taken over by the early Christians.  But is that really the way the Hebrew Bible paints him?  Was he a king by Yahweh’s design or a usurper?  Was he moved to compose a lovely poem to King Saul and his son Jonathan or responsible for their deaths?  What kind of loyal Yahwist would send his pregnant mistress’s husband to die in battle?

David is an enigma, no less to modern scholars than to ancient narrators.  We will examine his story in the context of the Hebrew Bible, of archaeology, of other kings in the ancient Near East, and of his relationships—with his family, with Saul, and with Yahweh.

This class carries both an Ethics & Leadership flag, and a Foreign Cultures flag.


Joel Baden, The Historical David: The Real Life of an Invented Hero

Grading Policy        

10% Attendance

25% Examination

20% Final Presentation

5% Draft of Final Presentation

10% Peer Reviews of Final Presentations

30% Systematic Moral Analysis reports (for the E&L flag)

J S 364 • Psych/Relig In Mod Amer Cul

39455 • Abzug, Robert H.
Meets TTH 200pm-330pm HRC 2.214
(also listed as LAH 350)
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            American religious culture is not only exceptional for its vigor but also for an increasingly creative fostering of spiritual experimentation and pluralism. It has been especially unusual in the role that psychotherapy and psychotherapeutic ideas have played in modern American spiritual quests. This seminar explores the historical, religious, and psychotherapeutic manifestations of the “search for meaning” in modern American culture. We will begin in the 19th century with spiritualism and other alternative religious paths, and quickly move to the 20th century and the uneasy and sometimes hostile interactions between formal religion, psychotherapies, and everyday experiences of illumination and transcendence. Our explorations will take us through theology, psychological theory, literature, music, politics, and art. For their term reports, students may write on topics of their choice on any aspect of the intersection of psychology and religion. 

Readings (Viewings, Listenings) (examples open to revision):

Sigmund Freud, selections on religion (pdfs accessed through Canvas)

Jessica Grogan, Encountering America: Humanistic Psychology, Sixties Culture, and the   Shaping of the Modern Self

William James, The Varieties of Religious Experience

Carl Jung, Modern Man in Search of a Soul 

Rollo May,Psychology and the Human Dilemma

Various examples from music, art, and drama illustrating themes in the course.


Perfect Attendance at Seminar and timely completion of reading assignments 

Active Participation in Seminar

Weekly Ungraded Responses to Readings (300 words) (critiqued for content/style) 

Term report presented to class and as 15 page paper on topic chosen by student in conjunction with and approved by professor


Class Participation, Including Oral Reports and Reading Discussions (40%)

On Time Completion of All Responses to Weekly Readings (20%)

Graded Oral Report and 15-page term paper (40%)


Office Hours: TTH 3:30-5:00PM GAR 3.310 or by appt. zug@austin.utexas.edu






J S 364 • The Church And The Jews

39460 • Bodian, Miriam
Meets TTH 330pm-500pm GAR 1.126
(also listed as EUS 346, HIS 362G, R S 357)
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This course will examine the complex relationship between the Western Church and the Jews over two millenia. It will analyze ideas and policies regarding Jews as expressed in both elite and popular culture, from theology and canon law to church art and popular preaching. It will also survey the factors which led to striking changes in attitudes and policies over time, with emphasis on the interplay of the theological legacy and evolving realities.


Revised Standard Version of the Bible (any edition). This is available online if you don’t wish to purchase it.

The course will make used of a website designed specifically for it by the instructor. The website includes many of the readings. Other assigned readings will be posted on Canvas.


Class attendance and participation (10%), participation on Discussion Board (20%), two 1-3 pp. assignments (20%), mid-term exam (20%), final exam (30%).