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Biblical Archaeology

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.

What you'll learn

  • How Archaeologists work
  • Recent archaeological discoveries and findings
  • The archaeology and history of ancient Israel and Judah
  • The meaning of Biblical Archaeology and its relationship with the Hebrew Bible
  • How to determine if archaeology - and biblical archaeology - is a potential career for you
  • What is Archaeology and what is Biblical Archaeology?
  • What time periods and areas will the course cover?
  • What is the relationship between archaeology and the Bible?
  • What is the "toolbox" of the modern archaeologist?
  • How does science impact modern biblical archaeology?
  • The Bronze Age background of biblical Israel and Judah.
  • Who are the early Israelites?
  • How do we define them?
  • How, when, and where did the early Israelites appear?
  • How does the archaeological evidence for the appearance of early Israel compare to the biblical description?
  • 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?
  • Historical sources on the Israelite Kingdom.
  • What is the archaeological evidence of the Israelite Kingdom?
  • The end of the Israelite Kingdom.
  • Historical sources on the Judahite Kingdom.
  • What is the archaeological evidence of the Judahite Kingdom?
  • What is the relationship between the Kingdoms of Judah and Israel
  • The end of the Kingdom of Judah.
  • Social structure in biblical Israel and Judah.
  • Urban and rural life in biblical Israel and Judah.
  • Food and drink in biblical Israel and Judah.
  • Religion and cult in biblical Israel and Judah.
  • Death and Burial in biblical Israel and Judah.
  • Warfare in biblical Israel and Judah.
  • Language, writing, and literacy in biblical Israel and Judah.
  • Philistines
  • Phoenicians
  • Transjordanian peoples
  • Aram
  • Egypt
  • Mesopotamia
  • Judahite exiles in Mesopotamia and Egypt?
  • The Persian Period restoration (ca. 500-330 BCE).
  • What Archaeology contributes to the understanding of ancient Israel and Judah.
  • Insights on the relationship between Archaeology and the Biblical Texts.
  • What to do if you want to expand your knowledge and experience in Biblical Archaeology.

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Instructor Aren Maeir
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Subjects Humanities Art & Design
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Archaeological Technician 2 $37k

Senior Archaeological Field Technician $58k

Archaeological Technician Lead $60k

Assistant Archaeological Technician Manager $69k

Assistant Supervisor Archaeological Technician $71k

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Rating 4.0 based on 1 ratings
Length 12 weeks
Effort 3 - 4 hours per week
Starts On Demand (Start anytime)
Cost $99
From IsraelX via edX
Instructor Aren Maeir
Download Videos On all desktop and mobile devices
Language English
Subjects Humanities Art & Design
Tags Art & Culture Humanities History

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