ACABS 491 - Topics in Ancient Civilizations and Biblical Studies
Section: 001 History of the Arameans
Term: FA 2009
Subject: Ancient Civilizations and Biblical Studies (ACABS)
Department: LSA Middle East Studies
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This course examines the history of the Arameans, a people who interacted with numerous groups and nations of the Ancient Near East, but whose presence in the historical texts of the Bible (especially their conflicts with Israelite kings) and whose connection to Abraham make them of particular interest to those interested in the early history of the Israelites and the Hebrew Bible / Old Testament. In addition, during the Second Temple Period, the Arameans were an important diaspora community in the Persian and Hellenistic empires; how they interacted with the Judeans / Jews of this period is revealed in this course. The later history of the Arameans is important for those interested in Late Antiquity and Eastern Christianity, as the Arameans were prolific writers of Christian texts and poetry and occupied an important buffer region between the Romans / Byzantines and the Parthians / Sassanids.

The course is open to undergraduate and graduate students. No prior language experience in Aramaic or Hebrew is necessary to take the course. All texts read for the class will be in English.

Student evaluation will be based on attendance, participation in class discussions, and performance on a final exam and short paper. Feel free to ask questions. Email me at

ACABS 491 - Topics in Ancient Civilizations and Biblical Studies
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001 (SEM)
TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
Note: MEETS W/ACABS 591.001
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