Fall 2009

Ancient Israel

Listed in: Religion, as RELI-21


Susan Niditch (Section 01)


This course explores the culture and history of the ancient Israelites through a close examination of the Hebrew Bible in its wider ancient Near Eastern context. A master-work of great complexity revealing many voices and many periods, the Hebrew Bible or Old Testament is a collection of traditional literature of various genres including prose and poetry, law, narrative, ritual texts, sayings, and other forms. We seek to understand the varying ways Israelites understood and defined themselves in relation to their ancestors, their ancient Near Eastern neighbors, and their God.

Fall semester.  Professor Niditch.


2015-16: Offered in Fall 2015
Other years: Offered in Fall 2007, Fall 2009, Fall 2011, Fall 2012, Fall 2014