Pagans, Jews and Christians: Athens and Jerusalem - 2016

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 2
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP2 , SP4
  • Availability for 2017: Sem1 , Sem2
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Short paper (20%) , Assignment 2 - Major Essay (35%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 782.00
HECS 782.00
International 1,032.00

This unit was previously known as HST250 Pagans, Jews and Christians: Athens and Jerusalem.

Delve into the traditions, myths and history of early Israel, a land situated in the bridge between the great empires of Egypt, Assyria and Babylon. Explore what the Bible has to say about these ancient peoples and the light that can be shed on it by both archaeological evidence and modern critical study. Learn how the Hebrews interpreted their present by a re-narration of their past and how they came to situate and differentiate themselves theologically from the peoples that surrounded them. Developing your skills in a close reading and critical analysis of the text, you will be studying early Israel and Judah from the foundation of the nation through the period of the monarchy, to the catastrophic events of the early sixth century BCE.

At the completion of this unit students will:

  1. demonstrate historical knowledge (personalities, events, periods) and issues (ideologies, philosophies, traditions) according to intellectual, methodological, and/or ethical conventions used in ANE-related studies
  2. evaluate and use textual and archaeological evidence
  3. utilize effectively research methods and tools in dialogue with staff and peers
  4. devise arguments and solve problems in ANE-related studies
  5. conceptualize, apply, analyze, synthesize, and/or evaluate historical information about ANE-related studies, gathered from, or generated by, observation, experience, reflection, reasoning, or communication
  6. consider and communicate critical and reflective judgements.
  • Assignment 1 — Short paper (20%)
  • Assignment 2 — Major Essay (35%)
  • Non-Invigilated Exam — Take Home Exam (35%)
  • Online Discussion (10%)

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • HST250 — Pagans, Jews and Christians: Athens and Jerusalem

You must complete Level 1 studies in Ancient History before starting this unit.

  • Broadband access — Students are required to have regular access to a computer and the internet. Mobile devices alone are not sufficient

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Jewish and Greek culture in the early first century AD
2Rome and the Jews in the first century AD
3Jewish and Greek culture, spread of Christianity
4The Roman world to the 3rd C and the imperial cult
5Roman state's reaction to Jews and Christians, 3rd C
6Evidence for third century Christianity
7Decius, Valerian and the Christians
8The great persecution
9Pagans, Christians and Jews in the papyri (I)
10Pagans, Christians and Jews in the papyri (II)
11Philosophical debates
12A world full of gods

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Standard Media

Online materials

  • Resources and Links

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  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.
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