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ARC 02 — Archaeology and the Bible

Quarter: Fall
Day(s): Wednesdays
Course Format: On-campus
Duration: 10 weeks
Date(s): Sep 25—Dec 4
Time: 7:00—8:50 pm
Drop Deadline: Oct 8
Units: 2
Tuition: $485
Instructor(s): Patrick Hunt
Status: Closed
Please Note: No class on November 27
7:00—8:50 pm
Sep 25—Dec 4
10 weeks
Drop By
Oct 8
2 Units
Patrick Hunt
Please Note: No class on November 27
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 examination of actual artifacts, we will study 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? We 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; Research Associate in Archeoethnobotany, Institute of EthnoMedicine

Patrick Hunt is the author of more than twenty books, including Hannibal and Ten Discoveries That Rewrote History, and a national lecturer for the Archaeological Institute of America. He received a PhD from the Institute of Archaeology, University College London. He is an explorer and expeditions expert for National Geographic, and his Alps research has been sponsored by the National Geographic Expeditions Council.

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) Eric Cline, Biblical Archaeology: A Short Introduction (ISBN 978-0195342635)
(Required) Patrick Hunt, Ten Discoveries That Rewrote History (ISBN 978-0452288775)
(Required) T.C. Mitchel, The Bible in the British Museum: Interp. Evidence (ISBN 978-0714111551)