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Jewish Studies (J ST)

J ST 012 (GH;IL) (CAMS 012, RL ST 012) Lands of the Bible (3) Textual and archaeological evidence for the lands, cities, and peoples associated with the Hebrew Bible and Christian scriptures.

J ST (CAMS/RL ST) 012 Lands of the Bible (3)

(BA) This course meets the Bachelor of Arts degree requirements.

CAMS/J ST/RL ST 012 introduces students to the lands, cities, and peoples associated with the Hebrew and Christian scriptures. Using methodologies from historical geography, archaeology, ancient history, epigraphy, and anthropology, students study the Fertile Crescent, from the Nile Valley, through the Levant and its Jordan River valley, to Mesopotamia--the river valleys of the Tigris and Euphrates. Students will study the cities and states of the cultures along these rivers in the Bronze and Iron Ages, including Memphis/Saqqarah, Thebes, Ugarit, Jerusalem, Lachish, Megiddo, Shechem, Samaria, Hazor, Ebla, Babylon, Ur, Petra, Jericho, 'Akko, and others. These are the lands of the Hebrew and Christian scriptures, but also cities that have been revealed through modern study. For example, the texts excavated at Ugarit (Syria) in the 1920's shed light on the relations between ancient Israelites and their Canaanite neighbors in the period of the "Conquest" and the monarchies of the Iron I and Iron II periods. Students will learn that the culture of the ancient Near East is inexorably linked to an understanding of the religious traditions that grew up in the region, including Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Classes will be a combination of lecture, discussion, and problem-solving, with frequent use of slides and occasional use of artifacts to illustrate the topics at hand. Students are evaluated on three of the following five means: a midterm test, a final essay examination, a five to seven page term paper, a team research oral presentation, a team research poster presentation. Participation in class discussion will also be evaluated. This course fulfills three credits of the General Education or the B.A. humanities requirement. For majors in Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies, the course fulfills the requirement of three credits in Near Eastern literature and language, civilization, or archaeology. The course fulfills the three credit requirement for courses in RL ST 001-099 for the Religious Studies major, and the Jewish Studies major's requirements. The course also would fulfill three credits of the six credit requirement for courses in any field that may be below the 400-level for the Religious Studies Minor, three credits of the nine credits required in course work for the Jewish Studies Minor, and three of the 18 credits required for the Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies minor. This course will be offered once a year with 50 seats per offering.

General Education: GH
Diversity: IL
Bachelor of Arts: Other Cultures and Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences
Effective: Summer 2005

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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