The Bible in its Ancient Near Eastern Setting

REL540
Fall 2016
TTH 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Area: 
Area I
Professor: 
Permission Not Required
No Limit to Enrollment
Course Description: 

History of the Assyrian, Babylonian, and Persian empires of the 1st millennium BCE, and how their rise and fall influenced the politics, religion, and literary traditions of Biblical Israel. Topics include the role of prophecy and (divine) law, political and religious justifications of violence, the birth of monotheism, and the historical reliability of the Hebrew Bible.

Background Expected: 

No prerequisites

Basis of Evaluation: 

Grading

Attendance and participation: 30.

Mid-Term Exam: 30.

Final paper: 40.