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State Formation in the Ancient Near East and the Early Monarchy in Israel

State Formation in the Ancient Near East and the Early Monarchy in Israel
1671-4079-01
Dr. Omer Sergi

The retreat of imperial powers from the Late Bronze Age Levant (13th–12thcenturies B.C.E.) and the demise of the city-state system resulted in a re-formation of political organization: during the early Iron Age new political entities emerged on the scene with the formation of independent, territorial, kin-based polities. This was not only a political change but also an important socio-economic and cultural change, which had a long lasting effect. Among the new kingdoms emerged to power in this period are also Israel and Judah, whose story of formation and growth is detailed mainly in the Book of Samuel.In this seminar we will explore the formation of territorial kingdoms by discussing different aspects of material culture and settlement process, analyzing ancient Near Eastern historical documents and studying some of the related Biblical texts. Accordingly we shall try to reconstruct not only the territorial-political formation but also its historical and cultural consequences. A special emphasize will be given to the formation of Israel and Judah, in light of archaeological finds and the biblical historiography.

 Fall Semester      WED 12:00-16:00