Jewish and Christian Origins and the Bible (B)

Trinity College Dublin

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Jewish and Christian Origins and the Bible (B)

  • Host University

    Trinity College Dublin

  • Location

    Dublin, Ireland

  • Area of Study

    History, Middle Eastern Studies, Religion

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    This module examines a variety of inscriptions and other material evidence from the environment of ancient Israel which may help to elucidate the world of the Biblical texts. For example, the Mesha Inscription from the ancient kingdom of Moab is examined and compared to the biblical account of wars with Moab in the book of Judges. Also explored is the importance of writing in ancient Israel and in the ancient Near Eastern world of Israel?s neighbours. How important were written records? Were the identities and self-understandings of the ancient societies more deeply rooted in oral tradition and if so how can we begin to explore their religions and cultures? The second part of the course looks at the emergence of the Jesus movement within the Jewish world of first century Palestine. Topics covered included Jesus and Jewish tradition, Jesus and Torah, Jesus and the Temple and Jesus and first century Jewish sects.

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