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The Historical Geography of Biblical Lands - AHIS255

Biblical texts often have an implicit understanding of the geography that influenced the unfolding of historical events in the southern Levant--the region of modern-day Israel, Jordan, and Lebanon. This geography was a limiting factor for the ambitions of various peoples, such as the Israelites, Canaanites, Egyptians, Philistines, Assyrians, Persians, Greeks, and Romans; it was also something they aspired to overcome. The constant interplay between humankind and geography and between one group’s understanding and use of geography against another group's lies behind the biblical texts and the history of Israel/Palestine to the present day. Further, the region's landscape has been the inspiration for some of the most poetic biblical passages, the Psalms. This unit will focus on a region-by-region study of the land of the Bible and will detail how select biblical episodes are enriched when understood in the context of Near Eastern history and Palestinian geography.

Credit Points: 3
When Offered:

S2 Day - Session 2, North Ryde, Day

Staff Contact(s): Dr Kyle Keimer

12cp at 100 level or above  Prerequisite Information


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Assessed As: Graded
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Department of Ancient History

Faculty of Arts

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