HIST 387: Topics in Global History

HIST 387-004: Religion and History in Ancient Israel
(Fall 2023)

10:30 AM to 11:45 AM MW

Angel Cabrera Global Center 1320B

Section Information for Fall 2023

Encounter the scribes, kings, judges, prophets, priests and everyday people of Ancient Israel as we explore what we know of the world and the communities that produced the Hebrew Bible. In order to do so, this course focuses on the critical study of primary artifacts--biblical and extra-biblical texts, iconography and archaeology—to trace the history and religion of Ancient Israel from its origins around 1250 BCE to Babylonian Exile in 587 BCE.  Topics include scholarly debate on the historical value of biblical narratives, the move from polytheism to monotheism, the formation of the biblical text and canon, the position of Israel in the larger Ancient Near East, and the development of Israel's unique religious and historical self-understanding.

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Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3-6

Study of historical topics or periods of special interest in global, Latin American, African, Asian, or Middle Eastern history. Notes: Topics announced in advance. May be repeated for credit when topic is different. May be repeated within the term.
Mason Core: Global Understanding
Specialized Designation: Topic Varies, Non-Western Culture
Schedule Type: Lec/Sem #1, Lec/Sem #2, Lec/Sem #3, Lec/Sem #4, Lec/Sem #5, Lec/Sem #6, Lec/Sem #7, Lec/Sem #8, Lec/Sem #9, Lecture, Sem/Lec #10, Sem/Lec #11, Sem/Lec #12, Sem/Lec #13, Sem/Lec #14, Sem/Lec #15, Sem/Lec #16, Sem/Lec #17, Sem/Lec #18
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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