Ancient Israel in its Near Eastern Context

Macquarie University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Ancient Israel in its Near Eastern Context

  • Host University

    Macquarie University

  • Location

    Sydney, Australia

  • Area of Study

    History, Middle Eastern Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    39 credit points or 13 courses completed at the undergraduate level, including 2 History courses at the 200 level.

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    The unit looks at the history of the Judeans (Jewish people) from the late sixth century BCE to the fall of Jerusalem and destruction of the temple in 70 CE. The Bible, documentary evidence and archaeology are used to critically assess the developments in this period. A particular focus are the Dead Sea Scrolls. A new insight into second-temple period was afforded with the discoveries at Qumran. We look at the beliefs and literature of the community and what this tells us about them and their place in the Judaism of the times. All documents are read in English translation.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.