Course Descriptions

ONLINE HIST 5/334 Literature of Israel’s Neighbors - Credit Hours: 2

Semester normally offered: Fall 2021 Online

Course Description

A survey of key pieces of literature from ancient Israel’s neighbors, including Egypt, Mesopotamia, Syria, and more. The goal is to place biblical literature within its historical context, noting both points of similarity and contrast and highlighting both parallels and the uniqueness of the biblical text.

Course Equivalencies

This course fills equivalencies in the following areas:

  • Culture

  • Bible

  • Ancient Near Eastern Studies

Course Objectives

By the end of the course, the student should be able to:

  • summarize the basic religious and cultural ideas of the biblical world;

  • overview and identify key details related to distinct genres in the Ancient Near East (ANE) corpus;

  • articulate key connection points between biblical literature and ANE literature;

  • explain foundational distinctives between biblical literature, life, and culture and their ANE counterparts.

Field Study

*Note that field studies are not included for JUC Online courses.