2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog

ANTH 30763 Archaeology of the Biblical World: Syria-Palestine and TransJordan, 1550-332 BCE

Prerequisites: Either one RELI or one ANTH course, or permission of instructor. This course studies the cultures of Syria-Palestine and TransJordan from approximately 1550-332 BCE by identifying and interpreting the relevant archaeological data and anthropological findings. It will explore various aspects of these ancient cultures, including the region's economic, political, environmental, and social relations, as well as its religious expressions and ethnic identities. Additionally, students will consider the significance of archaeological material and anthropological models for reconstructing and interpreting these cultures and for understanding the Hebrew Bible as a cultural and historical document.