The Creation of A Nation in the Hebrew Bible (THE1073)

15 credits

In this module you will explore the origins of the texts comprising the Hebrew Bible, setting them in the context of the time against other Near Eastern texts. You will develop your knowledge and understanding of the key historical and ideological themes of the Hebrew Bible.  You will discuss critical approaches to the history of ancient Israel, from its emergence until the destruction of the Second Temple.  You will investigate how the Bible and social and religious factors of the time shaped personal and communal identities. You will evaluate archaeological evidence from key texts and discuss the controversies debated in contemporary scholarship.