We are excited to announce a  joint History Department and Religious Studies Program Presidential Dream Course for Spring 2018: 

The University of Oklahoma’s Department of History and Religious Studies Program are pleased to announce the award of a Presidential Dream Course for the Spring of 2018 to two of our faculty members: Dr. Jill Hicks-Keeton (Religious Studies and Judaic Studies) and Dr. Alan Levenson (History, Judaic Studies, and Religious Studies). Entitled “Genesis: In the Beginning,” this course traces the various ways in which the book of Genesis has provided fundamental literary and theological resources for both Jews and Christians as they seek to make sense of the world in which they live. The course will be offered in two sections: RELS 3013 and HIST 3950.

While the narratives of creation, the Garden of Eden, the calling of Abraham, and Joseph’s exploits in Egypt are durable, they are not stable. For over two millennia, stories from Genesis have been interpreted in competing ways to authorize positions on such issues as the nature of humanity, gender hierarchies, and relationships among the religious traditions that claim their adherents as heirs of Abraham. This Presidential Dream Course challenges students to encounter numerous, often unfamiliar, ways of interpreting Genesis, paying attention to disparate voices both among ancient interpreters and within modern schools of thought.

A Presidential Dream Course supplements classroom instruction with invited expert guest lecturers from around the world. Each invited speaker will also offer a lecture open to the public. As the schedule of speakers develops, updates will be posted to the Facebook pages and websites for the History Department and the Religious Studies Program, and on the webpage for the Presidential Dream Course program at

Master List of Judaic Studies Classes

HIST 2013 Ancient Near Eastern Civilizations
HIST 2103 Genocide in Modern History
HIST 2123 The Holocaust
HIST 2203 Religion/Archaeology of the Near East, Egypt and Mediterranean
HIST 2223 Evil in Modern Europe
HIST 2503 American Jews/Jewish Americans
HIST 3120 Spain Under Islam
HIST 3203 Transformation of Jews
HIST 3253 Hitler and Nazi Germany
HIST 3293 Antisemitism
HIST 3313 Israeli Culture Through Film
HIST 3413 History of Ancient Israel
HIST 3683 Jewish Mysticism
HIST 3770 Jews & Nationality
HIST 3733 History of Heaven and Hell
HIST 3843 International Relations in the Middle East
HIST 3893 Culture and Society in the Middle East
HIST 3950 Contemporary Israeli Society & Politics
HIST 3950 Genesis Through Jewish Eyes
HIST 3950 Hebrew Bible/Old Testament
HIST 3950 Jews/Christians Under Islam
HIST 3950 Middle East History
HIST 3950 Modern Jewish History
HIST 3950 Religion, Politics & Society/Mideast
HIST 3953 The Modern Middle East
HIST 3963 Rebirth of Israel
HIST 3973 Judaism: A Religious History
HIST 3983 Medieval Jewish History
HIST 3993 The Evolution of Martyrdom in the Judeo-Christian Civilization
HIST 4003 Jews and Other Germans
HIST 4603 Genesis Through Jewish Eyes
HIST 4613 Old Testament/Hebrew Bible
HIST 4973 The Bible Since the Enlightenment (Capstone)
HIST 4973 The Bible Today (Capstone Seminar)
HIST 4973 Jewish Historiography
ANTH 4073 Anthropology of Jews & Jewishness
ENGL 3653 The Bible as Literature
HEBR 1115 Beginning Hebrew, Pt 1
HEBR 1225 Beginning Hebrew, Pt 2
HEBR 2113 Intermediate Hebrew
HEBR 2213 Topics in Hebrew Grammar
HEBR 3113 Advanced Hebrew
HEBR 3223 Advanced Conversation & Hebrew Reading
IAS 3473 Arab-Israeli Conflict
IAS 3003 Early Islamic Empires
MLLL 4970 Topics in Hebrew
MLLL 3063 Jewish Literature from Antiquity to the Present
MLLL 3073 Hebrew Bible as Literature
RELS 1113 Introduction to Religious Studies
RELS 2403 Introduction to Comparative Religions
RELS 3213 Religion & Violence
RELS 3313 World Religions in America
RELS 3900 Prophets in Israel
RELS 4640 Field Study in Huqoq, Israel
SPAN 5333 Studies in Medieval Literature