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Subject details

  • Topics
    • Historical Geography
    • The History of Biblical Archaeology
    • The Early Bronze Age
    • The Middle Bronze Age
    • The Late Bronze Age
    • The Iron Age I
    • The Iron Age IIA
    • The Iron Age IIB
    • The Iron Age IIC
    • The Neo-Babylonian and Persian Periods
    • The Hellenistic and Hasmonean Periods
    • Herod and Rome
    • The First Jewish Revolt
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online assignment submission
      • Standard Media
    • Online Materials
      • Resources and Links

At the completion of this subject 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 subject
  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.
  • Assignment 1 - Participation — Online Participation (40%)
  • Assignment 2 - Presentation — Online Presentation (15%)
  • Assignment 3 - Quizzes (15%)
  • Assignment 4 - Report — Excavation Report (30%)

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 subject

Entry Requirements

Equivalent Subjects

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

  • MAQ-HST155

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

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject 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 degree 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.

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