Course Descriptions

GEO 6/436 Sources from Mesopotamia Related to the Land of Israel - Credit Hours: 3

Semester normally offered: Spring

Course Description

An investigation of primary sources from the ancient Near East (primarily Assyria and Babylon) dating to the second and first millenniums BC with reference to the land of ancient Israel.

Course Equivalencies

This course fills equivalencies in the following areas:  

  • Near Eastern History
  • Geography
  • Bible

Course Objectives

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

  • list and give a basic outline of the content of significant ancient sources from Mesopotamia dealing with ancient Israel;
  • identify and practice proper methodological procedures for analyzing epigraphic sources from the ancient Near East;
  • describe the relationship between Israel and Mesopotamia culturally, politically and geographically during the biblical period; and
  • compare and contrast the civilization of Mesopotamia with that of ancient Israel.

Field Study

Students typically visit the Israel Museum and Ramat Rachel, a royal Judean palace.