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COLLEGE OF ARTS & SCIENCES
NEAR EASTERN LANGUAGES & CIVILIZATION
HEBREW

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HEBR 199 Study Abroad (1-15, max. 15)
Credit for elementary Hebrew in an approved Study Abroad program. Requires credit evaluation by department or faculty. Does not automatically apply to major or minor requirements. Offered: AWSpS.

HEBR 250 Introduction to Hebrew Language and Culture (2) VLPA/I&S
Introduces modern Hebrew language and culture, focusing on fundamental structures of the language, the revival of Hebrew in modern times, and connections between contemporary usage and Jewish traditions. Topics include: the alphabet, the verb system, the Hebrew calendar, Jewish and Israeli holidays, names, songs, popular sayings, and more. Credit/no-credit only.

HEBR 399 Study Abroad (1-15, max. 15)
Credit for intermediate Hebrew in an approved Study Abroad program. Requires credit evaluation by department or faculty. Does not automatically apply to major or minor requirements. Offered: AWSpS.

HEBR 401 Intensive Elementary Modern Hebrew (15)
Intensive study of grammar, with oral and written drill and reading of simple texts. (Cannot be taken for credit if HEBR 411, HEBR 412, HEBR 413 taken.) Offered: S.

HEBR 402 Intensive Elementary Biblical Hebrew (15) VLPA
Intensive study of grammar with oral and written drills and reading of simple texts. Cannot be taken for credit if HEBR 414, HEBR 415, HEBR 426 previously taken. Offered: S.

HEBR 411 Elementary Modern Hebrew (5) Sokoloff
Modern Israeli Hebrew. Core vocabulary, grammar, conversational text, and oral and written communication. Excerpts from modern Hebrew prose and poetry. (Cannot be taken for credit if HEBR 401 taken). First in a sequence of three.
Instructor Course Description: Naomi B. Sokoloff

HEBR 412 Elementary Modern Hebrew (5) Sokoloff
Modern Israeli Hebrew. Core vocabulary, grammar, conversational text, and oral and written communication. Excerpts from modern Hebrew prose and poetry. (Cannot be taken for credit if HEBR 401 taken). Second in a sequence of three. Prerequisite: HEBR 411.

HEBR 413 Elementary Modern Hebrew (5) Sokoloff
Modern Israeli Hebrew. Core vocabulary, grammar, conversational text, and oral and written communication. Excerpts from modern Hebrew prose and poetry. (Cannot be taken for credit if HEBR 401 taken). Third in a sequence of three. Prerequisite: HEBR 412.

HEBR 414 Elementary Biblical Hebrew (5) Noegel
Offers an inductive introduction to the Biblical Hebrew language. Covers the basics of Hebrew grammar while reading the stories of Joseph in the book of Genesis. No prior knowledge of Hebrew necessary.

HEBR 415 Elementary Biblical Hebrew (5) Noegel
Continues the inductive introduction to the Biblical Hebrew language begun in HEBR 414. Moves beyond the textbook and into select portions of the Hebrew Bible. Prerequisite: HEBR 414.

HEBR 420 Hebrew Conversation (2) VLPA/I&S
Builds upon skills in Modern Hebrew and promotes cultural proficiency as an integrated and essential component of language learning. Enhances communication through the acquisition and use of vocabulary and structure of the Hebrew language in authentic cultural and social contexts. Prerequisite: HEBR 413. Credit/no-credit only.

HEBR 421 Intermediate Modern Hebrew (5) VLPA Sokoloff
Readings of selected texts in modern Hebrew with continuing emphasis on grammar, syntax, composition, and conversation. First in a sequence of three. Prerequisite: either HEBR 401 or HEBR 413.

HEBR 422 Intermediate Modern Hebrew (5) VLPA Sokoloff
Readings of selected texts in modern Hebrew with continuing emphasis on grammar, syntax, composition, and conversation. Second in a sequence of three. Prerequisite: HEBR 421.

HEBR 423 Intermediate Modern Hebrew (5) VLPA Sokoloff
Readings of selected texts in modern Hebrew with continuing emphasis on grammar, syntax, composition, and conversation. Third in a sequence of three. Prerequisite: HEBR 422.

HEBR 426 Biblical Hebrew Prose (5) VLPA Noegel
Explores select prose sections of the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) in conjunction with English translations and commentaries. Emphasis on close readings, the grammatical insights of textual criticism, and the interpretive strategies and agendas of the English translations. Prerequisite: HEBR 415.

HEBR 427 Biblical Hebrew Poetry (5) VLPA Noegel
Explores select poetic sections of the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) in conjunction with English translations and commentaries. Emphasis on close readings, the grammatical insights of textual criticism, and the interpretive strategies and agendas of the English translations. Prerequisite: either HEBR 402 or HEBR 426.

HEBR 428 Inscriptions from Biblical Times (5) VLPA Noegel
Surveys Northwest Semitic inscriptions that bear significantly on our understanding of Biblical history and ancient Hebrew including the Moabite stone, Israelite ostraca, Siloam engraving, Gezer calendar, Deir Alla (Gilead) inscriptions, the Asherah texts, Ammonite fragments, and Phoenician monuments. Prerequisite: HEBR 402 or HEBR 426.

HEBR 451 Introduction to Hebrew Literature (3) VLPA Sokoloff
Literary texts and analysis. Grammar, composition, and dictionary skills. Primarily modern texts - short poetry, fiction, and essays - with some selections as well from Biblical passages, the liturgy, midrash, and medieval poetry. Prerequisite: HEBR 423.

HEBR 452 Introduction to Hebrew Literature (3) VLPA Sokoloff
Literary texts and analysis. Grammar, composition, and dictionary skills. Primarily modern texts short poetry, fiction, and essays with some selections as well from Biblical passages, the liturgy, midrash, and medieval poetry. Prerequisite: HEBR 423.

HEBR 453 Introduction to Hebrew Literature (3) VLPA Sokoloff
Literary texts and analysis. Grammar, composition, and dictionary skills. Primarily modern texts short poetry, fiction, and essays with some selections as well from Biblical passages, the liturgy, midrash, and medieval poetry. Prerequisite: HEBR 423.

HEBR 454 Hebrew Poetry (3) VLPA Sokoloff
Selections of poetry by prominent twentieth-century Hebrew poets whose texts comment or elaborate on biblical texts. Original source considered side-by-side with modern poetry, to examine ways recent literature models itself on, draws upon, and revises traditional sources. Prerequisite: HEBR 423.

HEBR 455 Hebrew Fiction (3) VLPA Sokoloff
Selections of fiction by prominent modern Hebrew writers, including S.Y. Agnon, Aharon Appelfeld, David Shahar, Aharon Megged, and others. Prerequisite: HEBR 423.

HEBR 456 Hebrew Poems and Prayers (3) VLPA Sokoloff
Examines modern Hebrew poems side by side with texts from the traditional Jewish liturgy, analyzing how contemporary writers have drawn on classical sources to reflect on matters of faith and the language of prayer. Prerequisite: HEBR 423.

HEBR 457 Hebrew in Song (3) VLPA Sokoloff
Selections of Israeli folksong, pop, rock, children's songs, and musika mizrahit. While building vocabulary and improving dictionary and composition skills, students examine the role of popular song in the construction of modern Hebrew culture and Israeli identity. Prerequisite: HEBR 423

HEBR 470 Stories of the Prophets (3) VLPA/I&S
Reading and discussion of Jewish and Islamic exegesis of selected Biblical and Quranic narratives dealing with such figures as Moses, Abraham, Jacob, or Adam and Eve. Prerequisite: either ARAB 423 or HEBR 423. Offered: jointly with ARAB 470.

HEBR 490 Supervised Study (1-6, max. 18)
Special work in literary texts for graduates and undergraduates. Prerequisite: HEBR 423.

HEBR 496 Special Studies in Hebrew (3-5, max. 15) VLPA
Topics vary.

HEBR 499 Undergraduate Research (1-6, max. 18)

HEBR 596 Special Studies in Hebrew (3-5, max. 15)
Topics vary.

HEBR 600 Independent Study or Research (*-)