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

Spring 2005

MES 320 • Biblical Archaeology

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
39575 MWF
10:00 AM-11:00 AM
ESB 133

Course Description

This course is designed to introduce the student to the contributions of the archaeology of Israel, Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq and Jordan to provide a richer understanding of the art, history and civilization of ancient Israel. The student will master techniques of researching archaeological field reports and synthesizing the data to further his or her knowledge of life in the ancient Middle East during the Biblical period. We will focus not only on ways in which archaeology enriches our knowledge of this period, but problems and controversies engaging contemporary archaeologists. Topics: 1. Introduction to archaeological fieldwork and the study of field reports. 2. Canaan in the Second Millennium a. The Middle Bronze II Period b. The Late Bronze Age: Canaan Under Egyptian Hegemony i. Joseph in Egypt ii. The Bondage and Exodus 3. The Iron Age a. The Period of the Judges: 1200-1000 b. David and Solomon: Iron Age II A (1000-925) c. The Divided Monarchy: Iron Age II B-C (925-586) d. The impact of the destruction of the Northern Kingdom on Judah and Jerusalem e. Hezekiah and the Assyrian Invasions (701) 4. Judah in the 7 th Century 5. The Fall of Jerusalem: Evidence of Catastrophe (597-586) 6. Judah in the Persian Period (538-333

Grading Policy

Quiz 1 30% Quiz 2 35% Quiz 3 25% Participation 10%


A. Mazar, Archaeology of the Land of the Bible: 10,000-586 B.C., Doubleday 1990; The Archaeology of Ancient Israel, ed. A. Ben-tor, Yale 1992; The Hebrew Bible in Translation (any unabridged version)


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