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Ancient Israel in its Near Eastern Context - AHIS354

This unit looks at the broader Near Eastern context into which ancient Israel fits. This includes discussions of the antecedent societies in ancient Mesopotamia and Syria from which the Israelites descended, from whom they borrowed and adapted cultural aspects, and against whom they ultimately contended. These societies, which range from the 3rd to 1st millennia BCE, include: the Akkadians, Hittites, Canaanites, Assyrians, Babylonians, Phoenicians, and Persians. Understanding of these groups provides the foundational knowledge necessary for placing ancient Israel within its original context and draws upon archaeological, textual, and artistic sources. Special emphasis will be placed upon linguistic transferal between Hebrew and the surrounding languages, artistic borrowing, technological development, burial customs, administrative/writing systems, ideology/propaganda, and comparative religions.

Credit Points: 3
When Offered:

S1 Day - Session 1, North Ryde, Day

Staff Contact(s): Dr Kyle Keimer

39cp at 100 level or above or (6cp in AHIS or AHST units at 200 level) Prerequisite Information


NCCW(s): AHIS254, AHST240, AHST340
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Assessed As: Graded
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Department of Ancient History

Faculty of Arts

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