10700 The History of Israel during the First Temple Period 1

Credits: 6 intermediate credits in Ancient History of the Jewish People

Prerequisites: none

Authors: Gershon Galil, Bustanai Oded, Eli Baruch, Avraham Faust

The course surveys the important events in the history of the people of Israel in ancient times, and introduces students to the historical sources and their analysis. The key issues of the period and the sources are examined in light of research and critical reading of the Bible.

Topics: From judges to monarchy; The era of Saul and David; The kingdom of Solomon; The burden of monarchy; The House of Omri and the House of Jehu; The fall of the kingdom of Israel; The prophets of the First Temple and their calling; Society in the kingdoms of Israel and Judah; The economy in biblical times; Material culture and daily life in the Land of Israel during the period of the monarchy; Judah and Assyria; Josiah and his times; The end of the kingdom of Judah.

1There is some overlap in the content of this and other courses. For details, see Overlapping Courses.