Ur to Babylon: A History of Israel from Abraham to the Babylonian Exile - 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: SP3 , SP4
  • Availability for 2017: Sem2
  • Assessment: Essay (50%) , Paper 1 (25%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 782.00
HECS 782.00
International 1,032.00

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 be able to:

  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.
  • Essay (50%)
  • Paper 1 (25%)
  • Paper 2 (25%)

One AHIX unit at 100 level.

  • Broadband access — 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.

1The Patriarchs
2The Exodus
3Joshua and the conquest
4Judges and the Song of Deborah
5The Rise of the Israelite Monarchy: Samuel and Saul
6Consolidation of the Israelite Monarchy: David
8The Divided kingdom and the Omride Dynasty
9Aram and the Jehu Dynasty
10The southern Kingdom of Judah
11The Fall of Judah
12The documentary hypothesis
13Moses and the priesthood

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission
  • Standard Media
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Resources and Links

This unit is an approved elective 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

  • A History of Ancient Israel and Judah, 2nd Ed.

    By:J. Maxwell Miller

    ISBN: 9780664223588


    Supplier:Go to The Co-op Bookshop

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