History of Ancient Israel

CHTH G105-C05; OT 6ZI6

Winter 2020
Tues 4:00 PM - 5:50 PM

A thorough study of the history of Israel with attention to modern historical reconstructions and questions of historiography and historical method. This course will focus on a variety of evidences relevant for critical modern historical reconstructions such as, textual evidence, epigraphic evidence, and archaeological evidence. Areas to be explored include: the role of material evidence; dating archeological evidence, debate over the ‘low chronology’; the role of memory in history writing; methods of ancient historiography; the question of verification, and the role of the biblical text in historical reconstruction.


  • To have a thorough knowledge of the various stages of ancient Israel within the context of ancient Near Eastern culture and context.
  • To gain familiarity with the state of the field of research on the historiography of ancient Israel
  • To gain an awareness of the various perspectives on Israel’s history present in the OT guild today


  • To embrace the contemporary relevance of OT historical texts for the Church
  • To grow closer to God through closer study of Old Testament texts


  • To be able to discuss the relation of biblical historiography to history
  • To be able to interpret the OT in its historical context
  • To be able to apply knowledge of historical issues in the OT to contemporary audiences