10:30 AM to 11:45 AM TR
David King Hall 2053
Section Information for Spring 2021
This course will examine the still very relevant topic of the origins of the Israelites in the Late Bronze Age (around 1100 BC), survey their developing history from the LBA until the Babylonian Exile in 587 BC. Equal attention will be given to the origin and evolution of their religion. The Old Testament/Hebrew Bible will be investigated from historical and religious aspects e.g. the Patriarchs, the Exodus, the united monarchy. Using extra-Biblical inscriptions, annals, other textual sources, and archaeological findings, ancient Israel will be set in its surroundings. Those significant factors that contributed to its unique self-understanding, which enabled the Israelites to survive the trauma of Exile, create Judaism and become the ancestor of Christianity and Islam will be studied. The struggle among fact, fiction and "fake news" in this fascinating period will play a large part. Towards the end of the course we will look at the relationship between ancient Israel and the modern state of Israel and its place in the contemporary Middle East.
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