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(2015-16) Archaeology and History of the Land Of Israel – Late Iron Age I – Iron Age II

·         Credit: 2

·         Lecturer: Dr. Omer Sergi

·         Semester: 1

·         Dates: 9.11.15 – 27.11.15

·         Tour date: 27.11.15

The main goal of the class is to discuss and to reconstruct the rise and fall of the southern Levantine territorial kingdoms in the land of Israel, by focusing on the archaeology and history of Israel and Judah. In order to do that, we shall review the archaeological record from excavations and surveys throughout Israel, trying to clarify the settlement trends, urbanization process and material culture indicating centralization of political power. Consequently, we shall study the important ancient Near Eastern historical documents that may shed light on the historical circumstances for the rise and fall of the local kingdoms. On this ground, we will be able to examine also some Biblical texts in order to assess their date, their historical point of view and accordingly, their contribution to the historical reconstruction of the period.