10710 The Rise of the Monarchy in Israel: Studies in the Book of Samuel 1
Credits: 6 intermediate credits in Bible or in Ancient History of the Jewish People
Author: Moshe Garsiel
The course acquaints students with the period of the united kingdom, as reflected in the biblical narrative and archeological findings, with a particular focus on the literary and ideological aspects of the book of Samuel.
Topics: Introduction to the Book of Samuel; The end of the period of the Judges – Eli and Samuel; The foundation of the monarchy in Israel; Saul’s wars against the Philistines and Amalekites; The rise of David at Saul’s court; The decline of Saul’s kingdom; The ascension of David to the throne; Organization of the military and warfare under David’s reign; The growth of David’s rule and royal administration; The story of David and Bathsheba; Revolts and uprisings at the close of David’s reign; Solomon's succession to the throne.
1There is some overlap in the content of this and other courses. For details, see Overlapping Courses.