Archaeology of the Biblical World

An examination of the ways in which archaeological data contribute to the understanding of the history of ancient Israel and the Jewish and Christian communities of the Roman Empire. We shall explore such archaeologically dependent topics as the origins of ancient Israel, goddess worship in Iron Age Israel, Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls, Galilee in the time of Jesus, Roman-era leadership positions of Jewish and Christian women, and monumental architecture in Jerusalem. We shall also consider the complex relationships between archaeology and Biblical Studies and archaeology and nationalism. In addition to the Davis Museum, visits to the Harvard Museum of the Ancient Near East and the Museum of Fine Arts are tentatively planned.

Units: 1

Max Enrollment: 25

Prerequisites: At least one unit in archaeology, Biblical studies, classical civilization, early Christianity, early Judaism, or permission of the instructor. Not open to students who have taken REL 242.

Instructor: Geller

Distribution Requirements: HS - Historical Studies; REP - Religion, Ethics, and Moral Philosophy

Semesters Offered this Academic Year: Not Offered

Notes: This course is also offered at the 200-level as REL 242.