Topic for 2013-14: Ancient Jerusalem in Archaeology and Texts
This seminar will explore ancient Jerusalem from its beginnings as a Canaanite town through the Israelite (i.e. Iron Ages), Persian, Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine eras, up to the dawn of Islam (roughly 1000 B.C.E. to 640 C.E.). This seminar will incorporate close readings of archaeological finds and literary sources, covering the Hebrew Bible and the formation of Judaism and Christianity in the Greco-Roman Mediterranean. All texts will be read in English translation. Graduate standing is required; otherwise, no prerequisites.
Prerequisites: Graduate standing.