Department of Middle Eastern Studies
Department of Middle Eastern Studies

Harold Liebowitz


Professor EmeritusPh.D., University of Pennsylvania

Harold Liebowitz

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Interests


Archaeology & art history of Israel in the Biblical & Greco-Roman periods; art & archaeology of the Ancient Near East, daily life in Ancient Israel; material culture & literature (Mishnah & Talmud)

Courses


MES S320 • Rome And Jerusalem

86960 • Summer 2011
Meets MTWTHF 10:00AM-11:30AM JGB 2.202
(also listed as AHC S325, HIS S321G, J S S365, R S S365)

A comparison of life in Rome and the Land of Israel during the first half of the first millennium designed to enrich our understanding of Rabbinic and New Testament literature, and reconstruct these civilizations during that period. Following the footseps of our fathers, we will paint a word picture of the atmosphere of the cities and byways familiar to Rabbi Akiva and Origen the Bishop of Caesarea.

MES 320 • Daily Life In Ancient Israel

41605 • Fall 2010
Meets MWF 11:00AM-12:00PM UTC 3.104
(also listed as HIS 364G, J S 363, R S 353)

A study of daily life in ancient Israel during the periods of the Judges and the Monarchy (ca. 1200 – 586 BC). Our reconstruction of daily life will be based on biblical sources and on archaeological finds from the Land of Israel and Egypt. We will focus on subsistence patterns (farming and animal husbandry), ancient technology and crafts, international trade, transportation, hygiene and health, warfare, death and burial, and social organization, in order to provide a picture of how people lived in biblical times in the Land of Israel.

Texts:

Life in Ancient Israel, Philip J King

Grading:

Three Quizzes: 1st 35%, 2nd 45%, 3rd 20%

MES 320 • The Bible And History

41610 • Fall 2010
Meets MWF 10:00AM-11:00AM WAG 214
(also listed as HIS 372P, J S 364, R S 354D)

A study of the uses of the Bible for reconstruction of Biblical History. Following an introduction to the history and literature of the Hebrew Bible, introductory lectures will focus on the discovery and significance of the Dead Sea Scrolls and the implications of the Documentary Hypothesis for Biblical history. The core of the course will focus on the major historical events of the biblical period, utilizing Biblical and extra-Biblical evidence. The periods to be studied will extend from the Patriarchal Period until the destruction of Jerusalem in 586 B.C. and close with the Restoration in the Persian Period.

 

Texts:

Complete Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) in translation (any complete version); A History of Israel, Presbyterian Publishing Corporation, 2000; A History of Ancient Israel and Judah, Westminster, 1986. ); On the Reliability of the Old Testament, Eerdmans, 2003. Course Packet .

 

Grading:

Quiz 1  30%
Quiz 2  40%
Quiz 3  30%

AHC 325 • Rome And Jerusalem

32350 • Spring 2010
Meets MWF 10:00AM-11:00AM UTC 4.110

AHC 325 Topics in Ancient History:

Topics in the history of the Greek and Roman empires and the surrounding area.

AHC 330 • The Dead Sea Scrolls

32375 • Spring 2010
Meets MWF 11:00AM-12:00PM WAG 214
(also listed as HIS 364G)

AHC 330 Topics in Premodern History:

Topics in premodern history with emphasis on regions outside of the ancient Mediterranean world.

PHL 354 • Jewish Ethics

43217 • Spring 2010
Meets MWF 12:00PM-1:00PM PAR 1

While North Americans and Europeans believe that liberal democracy is the best form of government, this was not always true. (Many people throughout the world today do not think it is true.) Liberal democracy is the theory that the individual person has certain rights, not dependent on the existence of government. Key concepts of liberalism include liberty, democracy, contract, and obligation.

The theory behind liberalism developed from several traditions (republicanism, democracy, and limited sovereignty) influenced by various religious, economic and political beliefs and values, over a long period of time. Perhaps the most crucial period in this development was seventeenth-century England.

This course is interdisciplinary. It begins with the religious and political history of the seventeenth century (which includes the Gunpowder Plot, the Long Parliament, the English Civil War, the Rump Parliament, the execution of King Charles I, the establishment of the Commonwealth, the restoration of the Monarchy, the Exclusion Crisis, and the Glorious Revolution.) Then some crucial works in political philosophy by some of the greatest political philosophers in history, such as Thomas Hobbes and John Locke will be discussed. Parts of two books written by John Milton, no political slouch, will be read, one in defense of the beheading of the king. The political relevance of some literary works will also be discussed.

A large part of this course will consist of working on a research paper, either alone or in partnership with one or two other students, as the topic and student interest dictates.

AHC 330 • Dead Sea Scrolls

31911 • Spring 2009
Meets MWF 1:00PM-2:00PM WAG 214
(also listed as HIS 364G)

AHC 330 Topics in Premodern History:

Topics in premodern history with emphasis on regions outside of the ancient Mediterranean world.

AHC 325 • Rome And Jerusalem

32520 • Spring 2008
Meets MWF 9:00AM-10:00AM BUR 224

AHC 325 Topics in Ancient History:

Topics in the history of the Greek and Roman empires and the surrounding area.

PHL 354 • Jewish Ethics

43325 • Spring 2008
Meets MWF 10:00AM-11:00AM BUR 224

While North Americans and Europeans believe that liberal democracy is the best form of government, this was not always true. (Many people throughout the world today do not think it is true.) Liberal democracy is the theory that the individual person has certain rights, not dependent on the existence of government. Key concepts of liberalism include liberty, democracy, contract, and obligation.

The theory behind liberalism developed from several traditions (republicanism, democracy, and limited sovereignty) influenced by various religious, economic and political beliefs and values, over a long period of time. Perhaps the most crucial period in this development was seventeenth-century England.

This course is interdisciplinary. It begins with the religious and political history of the seventeenth century (which includes the Gunpowder Plot, the Long Parliament, the English Civil War, the Rump Parliament, the execution of King Charles I, the establishment of the Commonwealth, the restoration of the Monarchy, the Exclusion Crisis, and the Glorious Revolution.) Then some crucial works in political philosophy by some of the greatest political philosophers in history, such as Thomas Hobbes and John Locke will be discussed. Parts of two books written by John Milton, no political slouch, will be read, one in defense of the beheading of the king. The political relevance of some literary works will also be discussed.

A large part of this course will consist of working on a research paper, either alone or in partnership with one or two other students, as the topic and student interest dictates.

AHC 330 • Dead Sea Scrolls

32985 • Fall 2007
Meets MWF 11:00AM-12:00PM BUR 224
(also listed as HIS 364G)

AHC 330 Topics in Premodern History:

Topics in premodern history with emphasis on regions outside of the ancient Mediterranean world.

AHC 330 • Dead Sea Scrolls

31835 • Spring 2007
Meets MWF 10:00AM-11:00AM MEZ B0.306
(also listed as HIS 364G)

AHC 330 Topics in Premodern History:

Topics in premodern history with emphasis on regions outside of the ancient Mediterranean world.

HIS 364G • Heb Bible In Jewish/Chrstn Art

39825 • Spring 2007
Meets MWF 11:00AM-12:00PM CBA 4.328

May be repeated for credit when the topic titles vary.

AHC 325 • Rome And Jerusalem

32510 • Fall 2006
Meets MWF 10:00AM-11:00AM BUR 220
(also listed as C C 348)

AHC 325 Topics in Ancient History:

Topics in the history of the Greek and Roman empires and the surrounding area.

AHC 330 • The Bible And History

32535 • Fall 2006
Meets MWF 11:00AM-12:00PM WAG 214

AHC 330 Topics in Premodern History:

Topics in premodern history with emphasis on regions outside of the ancient Mediterranean world.

AHC 325 • Rome And Jerusalem

30390 • Fall 2005
Meets MWF 10:00AM-11:00AM BUR 220

AHC 325 Topics in Ancient History:

Topics in the history of the Greek and Roman empires and the surrounding area.

AHC 330 • Dead Sea Scrolls

30415 • Fall 2005
Meets MWF 11:00AM-12:00PM BUR 220
(also listed as HIS 366N)

AHC 330 Topics in Premodern History:

Topics in premodern history with emphasis on regions outside of the ancient Mediterranean world.

HIS 364G • Biblical Archaeology

37475 • Spring 2005
Meets MWF 10:00AM-11:00AM ESB 133

May be repeated for credit when the topic titles vary.

PHL 365 • Jewish Ethics

40725 • Spring 2005
Meets MWF 11:00AM-12:00PM ESB 133

Topic 2: Introduction to Cognitive Science

Topic 5: Contemporary American Social Theory

Topic 6: Process Philosophy and Pragmatism

AHC 330 • Dead Sea Scrolls

30175 • Fall 2004
Meets MWF 11:00AM-12:00PM BUR 112
(also listed as HIS 366N)

AHC 330 Topics in Premodern History:

Topics in premodern history with emphasis on regions outside of the ancient Mediterranean world.

AHC 330 • The Bible And History

30190 • Fall 2004
Meets MWF 10:00AM-11:00AM BUR 112

AHC 330 Topics in Premodern History:

Topics in premodern history with emphasis on regions outside of the ancient Mediterranean world.

C C 348 • Rome And Jerusalem

28485 • Spring 2004
Meets MWF 10:00AM-11:00AM GAR 311

C C 348 Topics in Ancient Civilization:

The development and progress of ancient civilization, including history, philosophy, literature, and culture. No knowledge of Greek or Latin is required.

 

J S 362 • Indep Rsch In Jewish Studies

37895 • Spring 2004

May be repeated for credit. Tutorially directed research in Jewish Studies. Prereq: Upper-division standing and consent of instructor.

HIS 306N • Intro To Jewish Cul & Hist I

36167 • Fall 2003
Meets MWF 10:00AM-11:00AM BUR 134

 

 

HIS 306N • Intro To Jewish Cul & Hist I

35725 • Fall 2002
Meets MWF 10:00AM-11:00AM PAR 1

 

 

PHL 365 • Jewish Ethics

40185 • Fall 2002
Meets MWF 11:00AM-12:00PM PAR 1

Topic 2: Introduction to Cognitive Science

Topic 5: Contemporary American Social Theory

Topic 6: Process Philosophy and Pragmatism

J S 362 • Indep Rsch In Jewish Studies

37700 • Spring 2002

May be repeated for credit. Tutorially directed research in Jewish Studies. Prereq: Upper-division standing and consent of instructor.

PHL 356 • Jewish Mysticism

39385 • Spring 2002
Meets W 3:00PM-6:00PM PAR 301

This course surveys the origins of yogic practices in early Indian civilization and traces the development of Yoga philosophies through the Upanishads, BHAGAVAD GITA, YOGA-SUTRA, Buddhist, Jaina, and tantric texts, as well as works of neo-Vedanta. We shall try to identify a set of claims common to all classical advocates of yoga. We shall look at both classical and modern defenses and criticisms, especially of alleged metaphysical and psychological underpinnings of the practices. No previous background in Indian philosophy is necessary, but students with no previous course work in philosophy or in psychology should contact the instructor.

J S 362 • Indep Rsch In Jewish Studies

38665 • Fall 2001

May be repeated for credit. Tutorially directed research in Jewish Studies. Prereq: Upper-division standing and consent of instructor.

J S 362 • Indep Rsch In Jewish Studies

37570 • Spring 2001

May be repeated for credit. Tutorially directed research in Jewish Studies. Prereq: Upper-division standing and consent of instructor.

HIS 306N • Intro To Jewish Cul & Hist I

35834 • Fall 2000
Meets MWF 10:00AM-11:00AM GAR 215

 

 

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