General Objectives: To introduce the students into the world of the human past given notions of Archaeology in general and of Biblical Archaeology in particular. To assist the students to deepen their knowledge and understanding of the military, political, religious, social and cultural history of the ancient world. To explain the influence of historical events on the biblical texts. To help the students to place the biblical events in their geographical context
Course Outlines: 1. Biblical Archaeology: 1.1. Archaeology in general: basic notions, methodology, chronology and study. 1.2. Biblical archaeology (past and presence). 1.3. Examples of archaeological sites connected to Christianity: 1.3.1. Domus-ecclesia. 1.3.2. Basilica. 1.3.3. Monastery. 1.3.4. Mosaics. 1.3.5. Tombs. 1.3.6. Graffiti. 2. Biblical History: 2.1. The Down of Civilizations. 2.2 Egypt. 2.3. Sumerian and Akkadian Empire. 2.4. Hammurabi and His State. 2.5. Hittites. 2.6. Era of Small States. 2.7. Assyrian and Chaldean (Neo-Babylonian) Empire. 2.8. Persian Empire. 2.9. Ancient Greece. 2.10. Macedonians. 2.11. The beginnings of the Roman Empire. 3. Biblical Geography: 3.1. Geography of the Middle East in general. 3.2. Physical geography of Israel. 3.3. Historical geography.
Bibliography: Bauer, S. Wise. The History of the Ancient World: From the Earliest Accounts to the Fall of Rome. New York: Norton, 2007; Curtis, Adrian. Oxford Bible Atlas. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009; Dunan, Marcel. Larousse Encyclopedia of Ancient and Medieval History. Paris: Hamlyn, 2000; Murphy-O’Connor, Jerome. The Holy Land: An Oxford Archaeological Guide. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008; Negev, Avraham, and Shimon Gibson. Archaeological Encyclopedia of the Holy Land. New York: Continuum, 2005; Rainey, Anson, and R. Steven Notley. The Sacred Bridge: Carta’s Atlas of the Biblical World. Second Emended and Enhanced Edition with Contributions by Joe Uzziel, Itzick Shai, and Bernhard Schultz. Jerusalem: Carta the Israel Map & Pub, 2015; Stern, Ephraim, ed. New Encyclopedia of Archaeological Excavations in the Holy Land. Jerusalem: Carta the Israel Map & Pub, 2015.
Learning Outcomes: Upon completion of the course, students are expected to outline the archaeology and history connected with many significant sites and regions in the Holy Land; to describe the geography and topography of various regions within the Holy Land; to identify many significant sites and regions in the Holy Land on a map.