"We have great faculty who are not just great at teaching archaeology and teaching the Bible, but they are great archaeologists."

Cameron Coyle, 2013 Field Archaeologist

 

Course Syllabi

Course Syllabi: History, Geography, and Archaeology of Ancient Israel (BIBST 3423 graduate; BIB1203 undergrad)

History and Geography of Ancient Israel
3 Hours

Faculty and Staff
Tel Gezer Excavation Project

Catalog Description :

This course will acquaint students with the history and geography of ancient Israel and early Judaism as it is known from biblical texts, ancient historical sources, early Jewish writings and archaeological finds and will expose students to the way history was written in the ancient world. This will be accomplished through reading and comparison of historical sources and several study tours throughout the land of ancient Israel.

Course Objectives:

  • The student will recognize the physical elements of the land of Israel and the ancient Near East -- the geography, topography, geology, climate, etc. -- via slide, book and map study.
  • The student will read excerpts from the Old and New Testaments with an archaeological and geographical perspective.
  • The student will examine materials related to cultural and religious practices among the ancient Israelites and other ethnic cultures of the Ancient Near East.
  • The student will probe the interrelationship between geography, politics, economics, cultural mores, and religion in the development of the nation of Israel.
  • The student will become conversant in the historical, geographical, and cultural materials of the Old and New Testaments.

Procedures

  • Students will have all reading assignments read before the lecture (the student will have to complete most of the readings before the start of the course).
  • Students will participate in four weekend study tours. Some tours to nearby sites and regions will also take place in the afternoon during the week.
  • The student should read all assigned materials prior to the lectures and be prepared to verbally interact during discussion. Slide and artifact illustrated lectures will supplement the field instruction.
  • The student is encouraged to read outside the required readings list.
  • Students will attend all lectures.

Textbooks

1. English Bible

2. History of Ancient Israel, Hershel Shanks (ed.)

2. Holman Bible Atlas by Thomas Brisco (Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1998)

Course Evaluation
Undergraduate students will be graded on participation in the fieldwork and the processing lab, and a final exam (each component is 1/3 of the total grade). Graduate students will also submit a research paper (each component is ¼ of their total grade).

Field attendance and participation 100 points
Lab: material culture processing 100 points
Final Exam 100 points
Research Paper (graduate) 100 points

Research Paper
Each graduate student is required to produce a formal research paper (acc. to Turabian). Papers will be due by August 15th, 2017. The research paper should be approximately 12-20 pages in length, inclusive of bibliography. Topics may be chosen after consultation with the professor.

Course Syllabi: Archaeological Field Work (ARCHE 4203 graduate, BIB3503 undergraduate)

Archaeological Field Work
3 Hours

Faculty and Staff
Tel Gezer Excavation Project

Catalog Description :
Participation in a major archaeological excavation in Israel provides opportunity for the observation and practice of techniques in field archaeology. During the excavation process, the student observes and participates in methods of excavation, recording, decipherment, classification, cataloguing, and preservation of various finds. Lectures and field trips led by the archaeological staff provide for a comprehensive field experience.

Course Objectives:

  • The student will increas his/her understanding and appreciation of the discipline of archaeology.
  • The student will develop the skills of:
    • Field method and technique.
    • Evaluating archaeological data in its field context and in relation to history and biblical studies.
    • Field recording, surveying, and strategic planning.
  • The student will increase his/her understanding of the value and role of archaeology in interpreting biblical and historical studies.

 

Procedures

  • The student should read all assigned materials prior to class time and be prepared to verbally interact during the discussion. Slide and artifact illustrated lectures will supplement the field instruction.
  • The student is encouraged to read outside the required reading list.
  • Students will participate daily in the excavation project. They will be assigned to a supervisor who will assign daily work tasks.

 

Textbooks

Required Textbook

  • Suzanne Richard (ed.) Near Eastern Archaeology: A Reader, Eisenbrauns, 2003.
  • Amihai Mazar, Archaeology of the Land of the Bible, 10,000 - 586 B.C.E. Anchor Bible Reference Library. Doubleday, 1990.

Supplemental Textbooks (on reserve in the library)

Note: The student should also become familiar with the following texts during the course of the term: (note readings in course schedule)

 

  • Ben-Tor, Amnon (ed.), The Archaeology of Ancient Israel. Translated by R. Greenberg. Yale: Yale University Press, 1992.
  • Alfred Hoerth, Archaeology and the Old Testament. Grand Rapids: Baker, 1998.
  • Levy, Thomas E. (ed.), The Archaeology of Society in the Holy Land. New York: Facts on File, 1995.
  • Meyers, Eric (ed.), The Oxford Encyclopedia of Archaeology in the Near East. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997.
  • Stern, Ephraim and others (ed.), The New Encyclopedia of Archaeological Excavations in the Holy Land (4 vols.). New York: Simon & Schuster, 1993.

 

Course Evaluation

Undergraduate students will be graded on participation in the fieldwork and the processing lab, and a final exam (each component is 1/3 of the total grade). Graduate student will also submit a research paper (each component is ¼ of their total grade).

Field attendance and participation 100 points
Lab: material culture processing 100 points
Final Exam 100 points
Research Paper (graduate) 100 points

Research Paper
Each graduate student is required to produce a formal research paper (acc. to Turabian). Papers will be due by August 15th, 2017. The research paper should be approximately 12-20 pages in length, inclusive of bibliography. Topics may be chosen after consultation with the professor.

Be sure to make use of the following journals/periodical literature:

BASOR Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research
BAR Biblical Archaeology Review
IEJ Israel Exploration Journal
LEV Levant
NEA Near Eastern Archaeology (formerly Biblical Archaeologist)
PEQ Palestine Exploration Quarterly
TA Tel Aviv