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Hanover, New Hampshire 03755
Telephone: (603) 646-0475

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Ehud Benor
316 Thornton Hall
Telephone: (603) 646-1313


Thérèse Perin-Deville



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Jewish Studies 80

Seminar in Jewish Studies

Offered: 02F: 2A; 03S: 10A

Open with written permission to juniors and seniors.

In 02F at 2A, Archaeology and the Bible (Identical to Religion 80). In the past century, students of the Bible have often wrestled with the nature of the relationship between the text of the Bible and archaeological remains from ancient Israel. Some have posited that the relationship is a complementary one: that archaeological data provide evidence that "proves" the historical veracity of much of the biblical text. Others have argued precisely the opposite: that it is impossible to reconcile archaeological data with the textual evidence. A third approach suggests that while it is impossible to correlate archaeological data with major political events of Israel's history as they are described in the biblical text, archaeological data and biblical evidence do intersect when scholars seek to use both bodies of data to describe the social and economic world of ancient Israel. This seminar will consider these and other approaches in an attempt to address the question of the relationship between archaeology and the Bible. Dist: PHR. Ackerman

In 03F at 10A, Performing National Identities: Representations of Blacks and Jews in US Culture (Identical to English 68). The first talking movie, "The Jazz Singer" (1927), featured Al Jolson in black face singing "Mammy," and John Coltrane was said to get his first gig at an orthodox Jewish wedding. On many levels — cultural, political, economic, and especially mythological — Blacks and Jews in the US have had a special relationship to each other. The history of this contact, and the many flashpoints of conflict, illuminate the very notion of what it means to be/come an American. By looking at representations in film, literature, art, music, and history, we will consider how each group imagines itself and narrates its relationship with the "other," especially in terms of issues like immigrancy, class, gender, color, assimilation/separatism, friendship and the family Dist: LIT, WCult, NA. Schweitzer

Last Updated: 11/18/10