Women in the Biblical World

Fall 1998: Albright College

Alan Humm
Home Phone: 352-1695
Albright Office: 921-7760
Office: Chapel Basement
Office Hours: 11:00-12:00 MWF, 11:00-11:30 TR, by appointment

Required Textbooks:

Carol Christ & Judith Plaskow, Womanspirit rising
Tikva Frymer-Kensky, In the wake of the goddesses
Deborah Sawyer, Women and religion in the first Christian centuries
A modern translation of the Bible Class Home Page:

Exams and Requirements:

Your primary responsibility in this class is to show up prepared to discuss. You should read the assigned materials, but most importantly, you should be thinking critically about them. Active participation in class will be rewarded at grade time, however I will not penalize for shyness. Twice during the semester, you will be resident expert on some topic. This will involve your giving an oral presentation and being prepared to field discussion from the class. Your topic will be assigned early as well as a general idea of target date (the specific dates will firm up soon). There will be a small mid-term quiz and a final "learning experience." For the latter you will have the major discussion question in advance. You will also be preparing a research paper, and toward the end of the semester you will be asked to briefly share the direction of your research with the class. The grading breakdown will be 30/30/40 with the weight on the research paper.

This class will have a computer component. There will be materials 'on line' that I want you to use, and we will spend some time early in the semester learning to use them. You will each need an e-mail account. I prefer to receive your papers on disk as well as paper. This way I can include the 'best of' collection as a permanent part of the class page (with your permission, of course).

The specific topic of the research paper will be of you own choosing, but should be related to the course. I will be asking for paper proposals by mid semester, but you are encouraged to talk to me earlier if you have something in mind, or if you need some suggestions on topics or how to proceed.

Office Policy:

Office hours are 'drop in' format - you do not need an appointment. If you need to contact me other than during my office hours, please feel free to call me at home, or at my office at the University of Pennsylvania. (Do not call after 10:00 p.m.). I can also arrange to be in my Albright office at a time convenient for both of us -- do not hesitate to make an appointment with me if you feel that you need to see me.

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Last Modified Sept. 8, 1997
by Alan Humm