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Religious Studies (RL ST)

RL ST 134 (GH;IL) (CAMS 134) Archaeology of Biblical Israel (3) Archaeology of Biblical Israel from 1200 B.C.E. to c. 640 C.E.; relationship between archaeological and textual evidence.

RL ST (CAMS/J ST) 134 Archaeology of Biblical Israel (3)

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

Ancient Israel and the Levant, a region that included present-day Israel, Jordan, Palestine, Lebanon, and southern Syria, traditionally served as the land bridge and crossroads that connected the great empires of Mesopotamia and Egypt. Its strategic geographic location has ensured its significance throughout history. Many different cultures and peoples have influenced and controlled this region resulting in a very multi-cultural past reflecting the history of the entire Ancient Near East. This is the background to the origins of the Israelites at the end of the second millennium B.C.E., the birth of the Hebrew Bible, and the emergence of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. This course will focus on Biblical Israel in the southern Levant from the emergence of Ancient Israel (ca. 1200 BCE) through the Second Temple and Roman periods concluding with the development of the region as the "Holy Land" for Jews, Christians and Moslems. Students will examine the emergence of Israel; the arrival and settlement of the Philistines; state formation and the period of the United and Divided Monarchies; the fall of Israel and Judah to the Assyrians and Babylonians; the return from exile during the Persian period; Hellenism and the influence of the Roman world on Palestine; the reemergence of Judah during the Second Temple period; the destruction of the Second Temple and emergence of Rabbinic Judaism; Palestine and its role as the "Holy Land" to Jews, Christians and Moslems. The course grade will be based on active participation (attendance, discussion sessions, group presentations and individual oral presentations), one midterm exam and one paper. This course fulfills three credits of the General Education or the B.A. humanities requirement and the GI 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; and for those in the Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies ancient Mediterranean archaeology option it fulfills the three credits of archaeology course work requirement. The course fulfills three of the nine credit requirement for courses in RL ST 100-299 for the Religious Studies major, and Jewish Studies major's requirement for three credits of course work. CAMS/J ST/RL ST 134 GH may be used to fulfill the requirements for 12 credits of course work at any level towards a Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies minor.

General Education: GH
Diversity: IL
Bachelor of Arts: Humanities
Effective: Fall 2015

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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