Course Descriptions

ARCH 5/304 Archaeology of Jerusalem II - Credit Hours: 3

Semester normally offered: Alternate Spring Semesters

Course Description

The city of Jerusalem is examined in light of archaeological discoveries from the Persian, Hellenistic, Roman, and Byzantine periods. Special emphasis given to the time of the Gospels.

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 (the Persian, Hellenistic, Hasmonean, Early Roman/Herodian, Late Roman and Byzantine periods);
  • 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 New Testament and Josephus, with regard to archaeological evidence.

Field Study

A one-day interactive field study to relevant sites in Jerusalem.