Course ObjectiveLearning the history of the Levant from the third to the first
millennium BC in the context of Near Eastern history. Understanding
relevant scholarly debates, in particular on the history of ancient
Israel and the bible.
Knowledge of historical facts. Understanding international relations and
interdependencies. Understanding and reproducing scholarly debates.
Understanding and evaluating the problems of using tertiary sources like
the Hebrew Bible.
Course ContentThe history of the Levant is the history of Syria, Phoenicia and
Palestine from the Bronze Age to the Hellenistic Period. Special
attention will be paid to international relations, the impact of empire,
the history of Israel and Judah, the Phoenicians and their maritime
trade network and the Hebrew Bible as a historical source.
Teaching MethodsLecture and discussion in class. Active participation and input from
students is required.
Method of AssessmentWritten exam
Entry RequirementsNo obligatory entry requirements but it is strongly advised to follow
"History of the Ancient Near East" in period 1. This will help the
overall understanding greatly.
LiteratureTrevor Bryce, Ancient Syria. A Three Thousand Year History. Oxford 2014.
Target AudienceBA students of Oudheidkunde (Ancient Studies), History, Theology, PThU,
Comparative Religion, students in the minor "Languages and Cultures of
the Ancient Near East", students with interest in the bible and history
of the Ancient Near East
Additional InformationThis course will not be offered in 2018/19.
Recommended background knowledgeStudents are strongly advised to follow
"History of the Ancient Near East" in period 1.
|Language of Tuition||English|
|Faculty||Faculty of Humanities|
|Course Coordinator||prof. dr. K. Kleber|
|Examiner||prof. dr. K. Kleber|
prof. dr. K. Kleber
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