ASH3201: (FC) Ancient Israel 3

Description: This course will explore the historical traditions of the Israelites, from their origins and settlement in the land of Israel to their absorption by the Roman Empire, their revolts, and finally their Diaspora throughout the Mediterranean and Near East. The course will place the Israelites in the context of the ancient Near Eastern and Mediterranean worlds, and will critically evaluate the Biblical accounts of Israel in comparison with documents from the other societies of the region, as well as the archaeological evidence from the Biblical lands. The aim will be to understand the historical reality of the people of Israel and its society, culture and religion, and to appreciate their enormous influence on later historical developments and religious thought.