Course Descriptions

ARCH 5/303 Archaeology of Jerusalem I - Credit Hours: 3

Semester normally offered: Alternate Fall Semesters

Course Description

The city of Jerusalem is examined in light of archaeological discoveries from the prehistoric periods through the Iron Age. Special emphasis given to the time of the Israelite Monarchy.

Course Equivalencies

This course fills equivalencies in the following areas:  

  • Biblical Archaeology
  • Jerusalem Studies
  • History and Culture of Ancient Israel

Course Objectives

By the end of the course, the student should be able to:

  • describe the nature of Jerusalem in each of the major time periods covered according to archaeological evidence (Chalcolithc, Early Bronze, Intermediate Bronze, Middle Bronze, Late Bronze, Iron Age);
  • describe the relationship between the topography of Jerusalem and the city’s walls, towers, gates, streets, water systems, public buildings and tombs; 
  • identify the archaeologists who have excavated in Jerusalem, describe their work and be familiar with their publications; and
  • evaluate statements in literary sources, including the Old Testament, with regard to archaeological evidence.

Field Study

A one-day interactive field study to the City of David.