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ARC 02 — Archaeology and the Bible

Quarter: Summer
Day(s): Thursdays
Course Format: On-campus
Duration: 5 weeks
Date(s): Jun 28—Jul 26
Time: 7:00—8:50 pm
Drop Deadline: Jul 11
Unit: 1
Tuition: $310
Instructor(s): Patrick Hunt
7:00—8:50 pm
Jun 28—Jul 26
5 weeks
Drop By
Jul 11
1 Unit
Patrick Hunt
The Old and New Testaments—are they literature? History? Or both? That’s been the subject of an ongoing debate. Meanwhile, archaeologists have contributed to this conversation by exploring the many ancient Near Eastern places mentioned in the Old and New Testaments—all in an effort to determine whether the biblical stories actually have a basis in the archaeological record. In this course, we will explore the connections between current Near Eastern archaeological research and biblical texts, focusing on the earliest biblical times. Through slide-illustrated lectures and “hands-on” artifacts, we will examine the following times, places, and events: Mesopotamian and Egyptian life in the Middle and Late Bronze Age; Canaanite, Philistine, and Phoenician cultures in the Late Bronze and Early Iron Age; Assyrian, Babylonian, and Persian conquests; and Greek and Roman expansion from the Iron Age to Late Antiquity.

Were Abraham and Sarah plausibly real people from the Bronze Age? How did the city of Jerusalem function in Late Antiquity? What evidence do we have for the existence of kings David and Solomon? This course will answer these questions and show how new archaeological explorations continue to fill in the historical record on the cities and larger-than-life figures of biblical history.

Patrick Hunt, Former Director, Stanford Alpine Archaeology Project

Patrick Hunt is the author of twenty books, including Ten Discoveries That Rewrote History, When Empires Clash: Twelve Great Battles in Antiquity, Hannibal, Wine Journeys: Myth and History, and Caravaggio (Life & Times). He is an associate at the UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies and a research associate in archeoethnobotany at the Institute for EthnoMedicine. He received a PhD from the Institute of Archaeology, University College London.

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) Patrick Hunt, Ten Discoveries That Rewrote History (ISBN 978-0452288775)
(Required) Eric H. Cline, Biblical Archaeology: A Very Short Introduction (ISBN 978-0195342635)
(Required) M. Coogan et al., eds. , The New Oxford Annotated Bible with Apocrypha: New Revised Standard Version, 5th Edition (ISBN 978-0190276089)