Join me for an introductory course on biblical archaeology of ancient Israel and Judah during the Iron Age (ca. 1200-586 BCE).
In this course, we will use cutting-edge, inter-disciplinary archaeological research to explore the fascinating field of archaeology, the history of this era, and it's "players"(e.g. Israel, Judah, Philistine, Mesopotamia, Phoenicia, Aram, Moab, Edom, ancient Egypt etc.).
Special focus will be given to complex relationship between archaeology, history and the bible, and how modern research interfaces between these different, and at times conflicting, sources. In particular, how can archaeology be used to understand the biblical text - and vice a versa.
The course will combine short video lectures with extensive illustrative materials, on-site discussions at relevant archaeological locations, display 3D images and discuss relevant archaeological finds.
In addition, it includes interviews with leading researchers in the field, both to discuss specific aspects, finds and sites, as well as to present different sides of debated issues.
Week 1: Introduction
Week 2: The early Iron Age
Week 3: The First Kingdoms? A "United Monarchy" of David and Solomon?
Was there a "United Monarchy"?
What does archaeology and the Bible tell us and how does this compare?
What are the historical and archaeological evidence of this kingdom and these figures?
Week 4: The Northern Kingdom of Israel: ca. 930-722 BCE
Week 5: The Southern Kingdom of Judah: ca. 930-586 BCE
Week 6: Daily Life and Material Culture of Ancient Judah and Israel
Week 7: Neighboring Cultures in the Iron Age II
Week 8: Aftermath of Iron Age Israel and Judah and Course Epilogue
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