History of the Levant A


Course Objective

Learning 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 Content

The 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 Methods

Lecture and discussion in class. Active participation and input from
students is required.

Method of Assessment

Written exam

Entry Requirements

No 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.


Trevor Bryce, Ancient Syria. A Three Thousand Year History. Oxford 2014.

Target Audience

BA 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 Information

This course will not be offered in 2018/19.

Recommended background knowledge

Students are strongly advised to follow
"History of the Ancient Near East" in period 1.

General Information

Course Code L_SABAOHK215
Credits 3 EC
Period P2
Course Level 200
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Humanities
Course Coordinator prof. dr. K. Kleber
Examiner prof. dr. K. Kleber
Teaching Staff prof. dr. K. Kleber

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

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