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Kamran Scot Aghaie, Chair CAL 528 | 204 W 21st St F9400 | Austin, TX 78712-1029 • 512-471-3881

Fall 2009

MES 320 • THE BIBLE AND HISTORY

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
42375 MWF
10:00 AM-11:00 AM
WAG 214
LIEBOWITZ

Course Description

A study of the uses of the Bible for reconstruction of Biblical History. Following an introduction to the history and literature of the Hebrew Bible, introductory lectures will focus on the discovery and significance of the Dead Sea Scrolls and the implications of the Documentary Hypothesis for Biblical history. The core of the course will focus on the major historical events of the biblical period, utilizing Biblical and extra-Biblical evidence. The periods to be studied will extend from the Patriarchal Period until the destruction of Jerusalem in 586 B.C. and close with the Restoration in the Persian Period.

Grading Policy

Quiz 1 (30%); Quiz 2 (40%); Quiz 3 (30%)

Texts

Complete Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) in translation (any complete version) John Bright, A History of Israel, Presbyterian Publishing Corporation, 2000 J. Miller and John Hayes, A History of Ancient Israel and Judah, Westminster, 1986. ) K. A Kitchen, On the Reliability of the Old Testament, Eerdmans, 2003. Course Packet .

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