Free Online Course: The Fall and Rise of Jerusalem, with Oded Lipschits and Ido Koch

Professor Oded Lipschits and Ido Koch of Tel Aviv University are to present a 6-week Coursera MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) on the archaeology and history of Jerusalem: “The Fall and Rise of Jerusalem”.

The course will begin on October 26, 2014, and enrolments are now open.

About the Course

The period of the demise of the Kingdom of Judah at the end of the sixth century B.C.E., the fall of Jerusalem to the Babylonians, the exile of the elite to Babylon, and the reshaping of the territory of the new province of Judah, culminating at the end of the century with the first return of exiles – all have been subjects of intense scrutiny in modern scholarship. This course takes into account the biblical textual evidence, the results of archaeological research, and the reports of the Babylonian and Egyptian sources and provides a comprehensive survey and analysis of the evidence for the history of this 100-year-long era. The course includes a detailed discussion by Prof. Oded Lipschits of Tel Aviv University, with guest lectures by leading scholars dealing with the archaeological and biblical aspects of this debated topic.

 

Course Syllabus

Week One
Introduction to geopolitics and geography of the Ancient Near East
Week Two
The turmoil of the seventh century BCE
Week Three
Judah under Babylonian rule
Week Four
The days of the destruction of Jerusalem
Week Five
Archaeology of the sixth century BCE
Week Six
The restoration of Jerusalem in the early Persian Period and Summary

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Oded Lipschits: “The Myth of the Empty Land and The Myth of the Mass Return — A New Look on the History of Judah under Babylonian and Persian Rule”

Professor Oded Lipschits delivers the inaugural Dr. David A. Kipper Ancient Israel Lecture at The Oriental Institute, University of Chicago, entitled “The Myth of the Empty Land and The Myth of the Mass Return: A New Look on the History of Judah under Babylonian and Persian Rule”, April 29, 2013.

Eric H. Cline: “The Rise and Fall of Ancient Israel” – On Archaeology and the Bible

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Professor Eric H. Cline delivers four lectures on the current state of archaeological contributions to the understanding of the Hebrew Bible. The lectures are available as mp3s and on iTunes. The lectures were originally delivered in February 2010 to the Josephine F. and H. Max Ammerman Study Retreat.

The Rise and Fall of Ancient Israel: Part I

Part one discusses the account of the Exodus and the conquest of Canaan.

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The Rise and Fall of Ancient Israel: Part II

Part two discusses David and Solomon. Both kings have been the subject of controversies and debates. A reference to the “House of David” was found in 1993 on an inscription in the north of Israel — the first extra-biblical mention of David yet discovered — allowing us to reconsider the evidence for David and Solomon.

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The Rise and Fall of Ancient Israel: Part III

Part three discusses how the expansionist ambitions of the Neo-Assyrians from Mesopotamia in the eighth century BCE spelled an end to the kingdom of Israel and gave rise to the tradition of the Ten Lost Tribes. The question of where the exiled members of these tribes ended up continues to be debated.

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The Rise and Fall of Ancient Israel: Part IV

Part four discusses how Nebuchadnezzar and the Neo-Babylonians destroyed Jerusalem not once but twice, burned the Temple of Solomon to the ground, and exiled the leading citizens of Jerusalem and Judah to the far-away city of Babylon. It also provides an in-depth look at Jewish history during the Babylonian period.

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Eric H. Cline is Chair of the Department of Classical and Semitic Languages and Literatures at The George Washington University.

Robert R. Cargill – Jerusalem: The Holy City

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Lectures from Dr Robert R. Cargill’s course “Jerusalem: The Holy City:  A History of Jerusalem from Ancient Canaan to Modern Israel” (University of California, Los Angeles; Spring 2010) are freely available for viewing on iTunes. The course consists of 18 lectures, on 27 videos, and is accompanied by a syllabus.

This course surveys the religious, political, and cultural history of Jerusalem over three millennia as a symbolic focus of three faiths: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. The course content will focus on the transformation of sacred space as reflected by literary and archaeological evidence by examining the testimony of artifacts, architecture, and iconography in relation to the written word. We will study the creation of mythic Jerusalem through event and experience. Course requirements will focus on developing advanced writing skills.

1 Syllabus for Spring 2010 ANNEA 10W: Jerusalem, the Holy City (CARGILL) 4/20/10 Free View In iTunes
2 VideoLecture 1.1: Jerusalem as Sacred Space (Part 1) (4/1/2010) 4/2/10 Free View In iTunes
3 VideoLecture 1.2: Jerusalem as Sacred Space (Part 2) (4/6/2010) 4/7/10 Free View In iTunes
4 VideoLecture 2: Canaanite Jerusalem (4/8/2010) 4/8/10 Free View In iTunes
5 VideoLecture 3.1: David’s Jerusalem (Part 1) (4/8/2010) 4/8/10 Free View In iTunes
6 VideoLecture 3.2: David’s Jerusalem (Part 2) (4/13/2010) 4/13/10 Free View In iTunes
7 VideoLecture 4.1: Solomon’s Jerusalem (Part 1) (4/13/2010) 4/13/10 Free View In iTunes
8 VideoLecture 4.2: Solomon’s Jerusalem (Part 2) (4/15/2010) 4/15/10 Free View In iTunes
9 VideoLecture 5.1: Hezekiah’s Jerusalem (Part 1) (4/15/2010) 4/15/10 Free View In iTunes
10 VideoLecture 5.2: Hezekiah’s Jerusalem (Part 2) (4/20/2010) 4/21/10 Free View In iTunes
11 VideoLecture 6.1: Josiah’s Jerusalem (Part 1) (4/20/2010) 4/20/10 Free View In iTunes
12 VideoLecture 6.2: Josiah’s Jerusalem (Part 2) (4/22/2010) 4/22/10 Free View In iTunes
13 VideoLecture 7.1: Exilic Jerusalem (Part 1) (4/22/2010) 4/22/10 Free View In iTunes
14 VideoLecture 7.2: Exilic Jerusalem (Part 2) (4/27/2010) 4/27/10 Free View In iTunes
15 VideoLecture 8: Persian Jerusalem (5/4/2010) 5/4/10 Free View In iTunes
16 VideoLecture 9: Hellenistic Jerusalem (5/6/2010) 5/7/10 Free View In iTunes
17 VideoLecture 10.1: Hasmonean Jerusalem (Part 1) (5/6/2010) 5/7/10 Free View In iTunes
18 VideoLecture 10.2: Hasmonean Jerusalem (Part 2) (5/11/2010) 5/11/10 Free View In iTunes
19 VideoLecture 11: Herodian Jerusalem (5/11/2010) 5/11/10 Free View In iTunes
20 VideoLecture 12: Jerusalem in Revolt (5/13/2010) 5/14/10 Free View In iTunes
21 VideoLecture 13: Byzantine Jerusalem (5/18/2010) 5/18/10 Free View In iTunes
22 VideoLecture 14: Islamic Jerusalem (5/20/2010) 6/7/10 Free View In iTunes
23 VideoLecture 15: Crusader Jerusalem (5/25/2010) 5/25/10 Free View In iTunes
24 VideoLecture 16: Mamluk and Ottoman Jerusalem (5/27/2010) 5/31/10 Free View In iTunes
25 VideoLecture 17.1: 20th Century Jerusalem (Part 1) (6/1/2010) 6/1/10 Free View In iTunes
26 VideoLecture 17.2: 20th Century Jerusalem (Part 2) (6/3/2010) 6/5/10 Free View In iTunes
27 VideoLecture 18: 21st Century Jerusalem (6/3/2010) 6/5/10 Free View In iTunes
28 VideoRandom Questions for/about Dr. Cargill (6/3/10) 6/5/10 Free View In iTunes

Daniel Fleming – “Ancient Israel”: An Introduction to the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible

Professor Daniel Fleming, of New York University, presents an introductory course on the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible called “Ancient Israel“, which is available to view on 27 videos (on YouTube).

For additional class materials, see the course page at New York University.

Michael Satlow – From Israelite to Jew

Professor Michael Satlow, of Brown University, offers a complete set of lectures on early Judaism (recorded 2011), available for free download on iTunes. The course, “From Israelite to Jew” covers the exile, return from exile, Persian, Hellenistic, and Roman periods, including Philo, the Dead Sea Scrolls, and the destruction of the Temple.

 Name   Description   Released   Price 

 Episode 1 – Between Faith and Reason–1/4/11 Free View In iTunes
 Episode 2 – The Religion of Israel–1/4/11 Free View In iTunes
 Episode 3 – Exile–1/4/11 Free View In iTunes
 Episode 4 – Return–1/4/11 Free View In iTunes
 Episode 5 – Ezra–1/4/11 Free View In iTunes
 The Hedgehog, the Fox, and the Talmud–1/4/11 Free View In iTunes
 Episode 6 – The Torah–1/4/11 Free View In iTunes
 Episode 7 – Nehemiah–1/4/11 Free View In iTunes
Episode 8 – Jews of the Persian Empire–1/4/11 Free View In iTunes
 Episode 9 – Hellenism Arrives–1/4/11 Free View In iTunes
 Episode 10 – Jubilees and 1 Enoch–1/4/11 Free View In iTunes
 Episode 11 – The Revolt of the Maccabees–1/4/11 Free View In iTunes
 Episode 12 – The Hasmonean Kings–1/4/11 Free View In iTunes
 Episode 13 – Origins of Jewish Sectarianism–1/4/11 Free View In iTunes
 Episode 14 – Hellenistic Judaism–1/4/11 Free View In iTunes
 Episode 15 – Herod the Great–1/4/11 Free View In iTunes
 Episode 16 – Philo–1/4/11 Free View In iTunes
 Episode 17 – The Dead Sea Scrolls–1/4/11 Free View In iTunes
 Episode 18 – Jesus and Other Strange Jews–1/4/11 Free View In iTunes
 Episode 19 – Josephus–1/4/11 Free View In iTunes
 Episode 20 – The First Century–1/4/11 Free View In iTunes
 Episode 21 – Destruction–1/4/11 Free View In iTunes
 Episode 22 – After the Destruction: A Beginning or an End?–1/4/11 Free View In iTunes
Professor Michael L. Satlow specializes in Early Judaism and has written extensively on issues of gender, sexuality, and marriage among Jews in antiquity, as well as on the Dead Sea scrolls, Jewish theology, methodology in Religious Studies, and the social history of Jews during the rabbinic period. His latest book is entitled Creating Judaism.

James McGrath on Apocalyptic Literature and Early Judaism

James McGrath has a number of YouTube videos on biblical studies and related areas. These include:

1. ‘Apocalyptic and Early Judaism’

A class taught by Dr. James F. McGrath at Butler University. The first part focuses on apocalyptic literature and the Book of Daniel as an example of this genre. The second part focuses on Judaism in the time of Jesus and the three major groups that existed in that time: Pharisees, Sadducees, and Essenes.

2. ‘After the Exile: The Transition from Pre-Exilic Judah and Israel to Post-Exilic Judaism’

A class by Dr. James F. McGrath at Butler University on the impact of the experience of the exile on the characteristics and institutions of the Jewish religion and its Scriptures