HISTORY 306 - Israel Before the Exile (587 BCE): Its History & Religion
Section: 001
Term: FA 2009
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
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Israel before the Exile encompasses a series of studies on the cultural and political histories of early Israel. Ancient Israelite history and religion — from their earliest attested beginnings to the aftermath of the destruction of Jerusalem in 587 BCE by the Babylonians — will be examined within their respective historical contexts (Canaanite, Mesopotamian, Egyptian, Syrian, Persian and Anatolian) as well as their literary contexts (e.g., the Hebrew Bible or Old Testament). Topics for historical inquiry include Israel’s origins, its pre-state civilization, the rise of the territorial polities of Israel and Judah, and the post-desolation communities. Some of the religious beliefs and practices to be explored include the rise of monotheism, the imageless cult, prophecy, sacrifice, death and afterlife, ritual and magic, wisdom, and women’s religions. The format of the course consists of two lectures per week by the instructor and regular reading assignments (in English) of ancient primary sources, the Hebrew Bible, as well as excerpts from textbooks and modern reference works. The course grade is based on daily assignments, attendance and two half term examinations. No Prerequisites.

HISTORY 306 - Israel Before the Exile (587 BCE): Its History & Religion
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001 (LEC)
TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
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ISBN: 9780800662820
The social history of ancient Israel : an introduction, Author: Rainer Kessler ; translated by Linda M. Maloney., Publisher: Fortress Press 2008
ISBN: 9781589832770
The quest for the historical Israel : debating archaeology and the history of early Israel : invited lectures delivered at the Sixth Biennial Colloquium of the International Institute for Secular Humanistic Judaism, Detroit, October 2005, Author: by Israel Finkelstein and Amihai Mazar ; edited by Brian B. Schmidt., Publisher: Society of Biblical Literature 2007
ISBN: 9780827608771
The Holy Bible Jewish Publication Society, Moss Edition., Publisher: Jewish Pubn Society 2008
ISBN: 0687656834
Holy Bible New Revised Standard Version, Classic., Publisher: Abingdon Pr 2009
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