This course focuses attention on recent research on the historical context and literary corpus related to the period traditionally understood as “Exile and Restoration,” that is, the 6th and 5th Centuries B.C. This period has received considerable attention within academic research over the past few decades providing new insights into the experience and literary production of the Jewish community which was marked by the experience of destruction and forced migration as well as the significant transition from independent kingdom to imperial province. Key streams of research over the past few decades will be investigated with the opportunity for students to engage key passages utilizing new methodologies.
- To have a thorough knowledge of the history, sociology, literature, and theology associated with the exile and restoration of Judah in the 6th and 5th Centuries B.C.
- To understand the key methodologies which have been used for study of this era and literature
- To gain a deeper appreciation for the challenges of the period of exile and restoration and how this informs the identity of Christian believers
- To be able to access the best resources for the study of this period of history
- To employ recent methodologies for the study of this era and its associated literature