Ancient Jewish History from Patriarchs to Rabbis
Professor Burke is a very good professor w/ lots of knowledge and his lectures are efficient and go by pretty quickly. Although he assigns 3 papers, they are not too complex and once you get the hang of it you'll do fine. His test are fair and not too confusing and he will give u a study guide which will be crucial for the test. You do not have to be Jewish or have any background of the subject. Prof. Burke is a very nice guy willing to help anyone and I highly reccomend you taking his class.
Fall 2020 - I thought this class would be an easy elective to take for upper div units alongside my major classes and boy was I wrong! Smoak's lectures cover about 35% of what you need to know, and the textbook is where the real content is found. The problem with that is that he assigns ~80 pages of dense reading per week (that's a lot for me). Would not recommend it as a filler class.