ACABS 291 - Topics in Ancient Civilizations and Biblical Studies
Section: 001 Canaanites within and without the Bible
Term: WN 2009
Subject: Ancient Civilizations and Biblical Studies (ACABS)
Department: LSA Middle East Studies
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
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Debased idol-worshippers or simply the inhabitants of the ancient Middle East? A corrupting influence on the biblical patriarchs or the originators of biblical traditions? This course explores this often-maligned group, the Canaanites, who figure in the Bible as well as in other Ancient Near Eastern literature from the so-called 'Patriarchal Age' and after.

The course attempts to trace the history and culture of the Canaanites by reading ancient texts (in translation) that can be with some plausibility attributed to them, as well as ancient texts that are about them, especially the biblical text. In addition, the course will trace the manner that the Canaanites have been portrayed throughout history in secondary sources, including in recent historical surveys and histories of the 'Bible Lands.'

Each class will include a lecture followed by a discussion of pertinent texts.

There are no language prerequisites for the course. No prior knowledge of Hebrew, Aramaic, or Phoenician is required.

Student evaluation will be made based on class attendance/participation, on a midterm, and a final exam.

We will use, as our textbook, Jonathan N. Tubb, Canaanites (Peoples of the Past; Norman: University of Oklahoma, 1999), first published London: British Museum, 1998.

Students should also have access to a Bible, specifically a NRSV or JPS translation. Other material will be covered by handouts distributed once classes begin.

ACABS 291 - Topics in Ancient Civilizations and Biblical Studies
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001 (LEC)
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
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