GEO 5/312 Contexts of the Holy City - Credit Hours: 3
Semester normally offered: Fall 2020
This class is an exploration of Jerusalem during key periods in biblical history, including: the city in the times of David and Solomon, Hezekiah, Jeremiah, Nehemiah, the Hasmoneans, Herod the Great and Jesus, the Apostles, and the Jewish War. Important literary themes related to Jerusalem will also be explored. The class will focus on biblical texts related to Jerusalem but will include a combination of geographic, historic, archaeological, literary (extrabiblical texts), cartographic (early maps and models), photographic (historic photos and sketches), and theological tools in our study. Class lectures and coursework will assume a student’s basic knowledge of the geography, history, and sources related to Jerusalem.
By the end of the course, the student should be able to:
- understand and illustrate, in detail, the important topographical and geographical features of Jerusalem;
- establish the character and extent of Jerusalem during key biblical periods;
- trace important aspects of the exploration of the Holy City from the 19th century until today;
- understand the development of and evaluate traditions related to Jerusalem’s biblical past;
- read biblical texts related to Jerusalem and develop their theological messages using a detailed understanding of the city in the relevant historical periods as a backdrop.
*Note that field studies are not included for JUC Online courses.