The Archaeology of Ancient Israel and the Near East - 2017

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 1
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: Sem1 , Sem2
  • Availability for 2018: Sem1 , Sem2
  • Assessment: Participation - Online Participation (40%) , Presentation - Online Presentation (15%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 793.00
HECS 793.00
International 1,043.00

This unit was previously known as HST155 The Archaeology of Ancient Israel and the Near East.

Recent discoveries in Israel such as the “House of David” inscription and reworked interpretive paradigms such as the “Low Chronology” have made the archaeology of ancient Israel a hotbed of controversy and debate. These debates rage even as archaeological work throughout the Near East continues to contribute to our understanding of the events, places, and characters mentioned in Ancient Near Eastern texts and the Hebrew Bible. This course will focus upon an integration of archaeological, literary, and historical data from the Early Bronze Age to the Roman destruction of Jerusalem (ca. 3300 BC–AD 70) in Israel with the goal of evaluating this evidence and its relevance for understanding socioeconomic and political development, the biblical texts, and in particular the religion of ancient Israel.

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. know the archaeological periodization of the ancient Southern Levant and Near East, key issues in the study of this area, and aspects of the cultures studied in this unit
  2. identify methodological developments in the archaeology of ancient Israel
  3. analyse source material, including the archaeological record, ancient sources, and modern scholarship, the critiquing of texts and application of knowledge
  4. synthesize acquired knowledge and understanding to produce critical analytical compositions.
  • Participation — Online Participation (40%)
  • Presentation — Online Presentation (15%)
  • Quizzes (15%)
  • Report — Excavation Report (30%)

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:

  • HST155 — The Archaeology of Ancient Israel and the Near East

Recommended prerequisites

You are recommended to have completed the following unit(s) or have equivalent knowledge before starting this unit:

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Historical Geography
2The History of Biblical Archaeology
3The Early Bronze Age
4The Middle Bronze Age
5The Late Bronze Age
6The Iron Age I
7The Iron Age IIA
8The Iron Age IIB
9The Iron Age IIC
10The Neo-Babylonian and Persian Periods
11The Hellenistic and Hasmonean Periods
12Herod and Rome
13The First Jewish Revolt

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

This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  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.

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a unit.

Click on the titles of the listed books below to find out more:

Required textbooks

  • Near Eastern Archaeology : A Reader


    ISBN: 9781575062341


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  • Archaeology of Ancient Israel


    ISBN: 9780300059199


    Supplier:Go to The Co-op Bookshop

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