Asher Biemann

Unit: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Department of Religious Studies
Office location and address
1540 Jefferson Park Ave
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
RELJ 3170: Modern Jewish Thought
Credits: 3
This course offers an introduction into the major themes of Modern Jewish Thought.
ZFOR 3503: International Study
Placeholder course for students studying abroad
HIEU 3559: New Course in European History
Credits: 1–4
This course provides the opportunity to offer a new topic in the subject area of European History.
RELJ 3559: New Course in Judaism
Credits: 1–4
This course provides the opportunity to offer a new topic in the subject of Judaism.
RELJ 3705: The Jewish Experience in Europe: Vienna and Budapest
Credits: 3
This course will explore Jewish history, culture and everyday life in Europe from a multidisciplinary perspective. It will consist of introductory lectures, site visits, guest speakers, and student presentations. The course is designed to be 12-day term with primary locations in Graz, Vienna, and Budapest.
RELJ 3708: Enduring Questions in Modern Judaism
Credits: 3
This course is built around the "big" questions Jews in the modern period have faced--such as "Who is a Jew?," "Are there divine commandments?," "Must a Jew believe anything?," "Can there be God after Auschwitz?" Each unit will approach a different question from a variety of perspectives and sources--secular and religious--offering tools to understand complexities, acknowledge context, and ask new questions.
RELJ 3885: Judaism in Art
Credits: 3
This course is organized around great works in the history of art whose thematic content and historical context intersect with the Jewish experience. Each session focuses on one representative artwork from antiquity to the present to reveal something about Jewish history. Textual sources (biblical, poetic, literary, scholarly) help interpret the artwork.
RELJ 5365: Hermann Cohen and Modern Religious Thought
Credits: 3
The Jewish philosopher Hermann Cohen was one of the most influential thinkers of 20th-century religious thought. The seminar traces Cohen's neo-Kantian legacy in Europe and the United States. Apart from Cohen's work, we will cover select topics in Franz Rosenzweig, Martin Buber, Ernst Cassirer, Ernst Bloch, Leo Strauss, Mordecai Kaplan, and Steven Schwarzschild.
RELJ 5559: New Course in Judaism
Credits: 3
This course provides the opportunity to offer a new course in the subject of Judaism
RELS 8500: Topics for Supervised Study and Research
Credits: 1–6
This topical course provides Master's and Doctoral students in Religious Studies an opportunity for advanced coursework in selected, established areas of the department's curriculum.
RELJ 8739: Tutorial:Buber, Heschel, & Levinas: Dialogical Approaches in Jewish Thought
Credits: 3
This tutorial brings together three major Jewish thinkers of the 20th century with a special focus of dialogical philosophy and theology.
RELJ 8752: Tutorial: Theopolitics Modern Judaism II: Mendelssohn & the Enlightenment
Credits: 3
Tutorial 2 in sequence of 3. Mendelssohn's book Jerusalem, or on Religious Power (1783), the center of our discussion and a response to Hobbes, Spinoza, and Locke, is both a theory of government & a novel interpretation of Judaism, but also a program of enlightenment and modernization that has to be seen in the context of Jewish emancipation in the 18th century. The course introduces texts by Kant, Lessing, Herder, Friedlander, & Schleiermacher.
RELJ 8753: Theopolitics Modern Judaism I: Spinoza
Credits: 3
This graduate course is a sequence of three independent tutorials on theopolitical thought in Modern Judaism: I. Spinoza, II. Mendelssohn and the Enlightenment, III. Martin Buber, Hermann Cohen, and Franz Rosenzweig. Each tutorial lasts one semester and can be taken outside the sequence. The focus of the course lies on the alliance and confrontation of religion and politics in Modern Jewish thought and its immediate intellectual historical context.
RELS 8998: Non-Topical Research, Preparation for Research
Credits: 1–12
For master's research, taken before a thesis director has been selected.
RELS 8999: Non-Topical Research
Credits: 1–12
For master's thesis, taken under the supervision of a thesis director.
RELS 9998: Non-Topical Research, Preparation for Doctoral Research
Credits: 1–12
For doctoral research, taken before a dissertation director has been selected.
RELS 9999: Non-Topical Research
Credits: 1–12
For doctoral dissertation, taken under the supervision of a dissertation director.