Spring 2023


  • ENGL 3560 | Studies in Modern and Contemporary Literature | Caroline Rody | TTh 11am - 12:15pm | Dell 2 101
    • This course takes up topics in the study of literature in English in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries and explores contemporary Jewish literature.
      For more details on this class, please visit the department website at http://www.engl.virginia.edu/courses.
  • ENGL 5559 | Contemporary Jewish Fiction | Caroline Rody | TTh 2pm - 3:15pm | New Cabell Hall 066
    • This course provides the opportunity to offer a new topic in the subject of English Literature exploring contemporary Jewish literature.
      For more details on this class, please visit the department website at http://www.engl.virginia.edu/courses.


  • HIEU 3692 | The Holocaust | Victoria Barnett | MW 9am - 9:50am | Gilmer Hall 257
    • This course aims to clarify basic facts and explore competing explanations for the origins and unfolding of the Holocaust (the encounter between the Third Reich and Europe's Jews between 1933 and 1945) that resulted in the deaths of almost six million Jews.


  • HEBR 1020 | Introduction to Modern Hebrew II | Zvi Gilboa | MTWThF 10am - 10:50am | New Cabell Hall 411
    • An introduction to the pronunciation, vocabulary, grammar, and writing system of modern Israeli Hebrew. 
  • HEBR 1420 | Elementary Biblical Hebrew II | Gregory Goering | MWF 2:00pm - 2:50pm | Gibson Hall 241
    • An introduction to elementary biblical Hebrew, continuing HEBR 1410.
  • HEBR 2020 | Intermediate Modern Hebrew | Zvi Gilboa | MTWTh 9am - 9:50am | New Cabell Hall 411
    • A continuation of the study of the fundamentals of grammar, with special attention to verb conjugation, noun declension, and syntactic structure, of modern Israeli Hebrew.
  • HEBR 2420 | Intermediate Biblical Hebrew II | Zvi Gilboa | MW 2om - 3:15pm | Pavilion VII 105
    • A continuation of Intermediate Biblical Hebrew I.
  • HEBR 4993 | Independent Study in Hebrew | Zvi Gilboa | TBA
    • Independent study for advanced students in Hebrew.
  • HEBR 8993 | Independent Study in Hebrew | Zvi Gilboa | TBA
    • Independent study for advanced students in Hebrew.
  • MEST 3490 | Dangerous in Danger: Refuge and Otherness in Times of Crisis | Zvi Giboa | MW 5pm - 6:15pm | John W. Warner Hall 110
    • In this course, we will examine how the current refugee crisis may be seen as a radical event of a scope that reaches beyond Europe and the Middle East. We will be looking at previously-shaped images of nation, religion, migration, and integration, as well as asylum, refuge, and citizenship. Ultimately, we will be using our newly gained knowledge as a tool to understand cultural inclusion and societal exclusion both "far away" and "at home."


  • RELJ / RELC 1210 | Hebrew Bible/Old Testament | Martien Halvorson-Taylor | MW 11am - 11:50am, with sections | Gilmer Hall 257
    • Studies the history, literature, and religion of ancient Israel in the light of the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament.
  • RELJ / RELI 2024 | Jewish-Muslim Relations | Jessica Andruss | TTh 9:30am - 10:45am | Gibson Hall 142
    • Jewish and Muslim communities share a complex history of interaction, spanning from seventh-century Arabia to the present day, and including instances of collaboration as well as moments of violence. Our course examines this dynamic relationship through documentary and literary sources. We focus on points of contact between Muslims and Jews in contexts ranging from battlefields to universities, from religious discourse to international politics.
  • RELG 2190 | Religion and Modern Fiction | Jennifer Geddes | W 2pm - 4:30pm | New Cabell Hall 115
    • Studies religious meanings in modern literature, emphasizing faith and doubt, evil and absurdity, and wholeness and transcendence in both secular fiction and fiction written from traditional religious perspectives.
  • RELJ 2420 | Intermediate Biblical Hebrew II | Gregory Goering | TTh 2pm - 3:15pm | Gibson Hall 241
    • Readings in the prose narratives and poetry of the Hebrew Bible. Emphasizes grammar, vocabulary, and syntax. Attention to issues of translation and interpretation.
    • Prerequisite: HEBR 1420, or the equivalent.
  • RELJ 2590 | Topics in Jewish Studies: The Holocaust and Jewish-Christian Relations | Victoria Barnett | M 2pm - 4:30pm | New Cabell Hall 395
    • This seminar will examine how the Holocaust altered the course of Jewish-Christian relations. Topics include Jewish-Christian relations in the early twentieth century, the history of interreligious work and activism between 1933 and 1945, and the significant theological issues addressed by Jews and Christians in the wake of the Holocaust.
  • RELI 3355 | Prophecy in Islam and Judaism | Jessica Andruss | TTh 12:30pm - 1:45pm | Nau Hall 241
    • Prophecy provides the theme for our comparative inquiry into two sacred scriptures (the Qur'an and the Hebrew Bible) alongside the rich traditions of Muslim and Jewish interpretive literature. We will consider narratives about specific prophets, medieval debates between and within Muslim and Jewish communities about the status and function of prophecy within their traditions, and modern theoretical approaches to prophecy.
  • RELJ 3390 | Jewish Feminism | Vanessa Ochs | MW 2pm - 3:15pm | New Cabell Hall 407
    • This is a study Jewish feminism, starting from its early days, when scholars, writers and activists, inspired by the American women's movement, began by exploring women's historical position in Judaism and questioning how the tradition could be expanded for all if constraints of gender could be eliminated. This year we will pay particular attention to ways that Jewish feminists have transformed the Passover seder and will create a feminist seder of our own.
  • RELG 4500 | Majors Seminar: Idolatry: An Introduction to Religion | Asher Biemann | W 3:30pm - 6pm | Gilmer Hall 245
    • Introduces the study of religion as an interdisciplinary subject, utilizing methods in history of religions, theology, sociology, depth psychology, and literary criticism.
  • RELG 8757 | Tutorial: Theopolitics: Modern Judaism III: Buber, Cohen, Baeck, Rosenzweig | Asher Biemann | TBA
    • This tutorial, the third in a sequence on theopolitical thought in Modern Judaism, will focus on 20th-century Jewish philosophers, especially Hermann Cohen, Martin Buber, Leo Baeck, and Franz Rosenzweig. Their distinct views on the state, the nation, and the theocratic community, as well as how modern Christian thought grappled with similar questions, will be analyzed in the context of a crisis of politics during the interwar period.