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Course Date: 01 August 2014 to 12 September 2014 (6 weeks)
Learn about Judah under Babylonian rule
Oded Lipschits was born in 1963 and he is a professor for
Jewish history in the Department of Archaeology and Ancient Near Eastern
Cultures. Oded also serves as the the Director of the Institute of Archaeology of Tel Aviv
University and the head of the program of Ancient Israel Studies, and as the director
Lautenschläger Azekah Expedition.
His Ph.D. dissertation dealt with the
Province of Judah in the sixth century BCE (The Babylonian Period), analyzing
the archaeological data and the Biblical narratives in order to reconstruct the
historical reality of that era. The second project lead by Prof. Lipschits is
the administrative system of Judah during the eighth to second centuries BCE,
centered along the excavations at Ramat Rahel (in the area of Jerusalem), where
the cooperated Tel-Aviv and Heidelberg University project unearthed a
monumental administrative center. Nowadays, Prof. Lipschits is leading several
research projects dealing with the Judean Lowland, surrounding the ongoing
project at Tel Azekah. These projects and more were published in numerous books
Oded lives with his wife Yael and their four (!) children
in the beautiful Galilee in northern Israel. In many respects, he is the
"father" of many M.A. and Ph.D. students, who worked at Ramat Rahel
and who are now involved with the Azekah project.
Ido was born in 1981. He is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Archaeology and Ancient Near East Cultures at Tel Aviv University. Ido is writing his
dissertation on the history of the Judean Lowland under the supervision of
Prof. Nadav Na'aman and Prof. Oded Lipschits. Ido is also a senior member of the Lautenschläger Azekah Expedition and works as a research and teaching assistant with Prof.
He lives in Tel Aviv with his partner and their beautiful cat,
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.
Will I get a
Statement of Accomplishment after completing this class?
Yes. Students who successfully complete
the class will receive a Statement of Accomplishment signed by Professor Lipschits.
What resources will
I need for this class?
this course, all you need is an Internet connection, the Bible, and the time to read, write, discuss, and
Is the reading list a must?
No. The reading list is our recommendation. Yet, you do not have to read it in order to participate in the course. If you do have the time, we have posted links to on-line versions of several of the papers.
I am currently a student at Tel Aviv University, will this
course count towards the study of a degree at Tel Aviv University?
Yes, this course may qualify for 2 general credit point in your academic studies at Tel Aviv University under the following conditions:
You must be a registered student at Tel Aviv University in the 2013-2014
You must register in advance through the internal Tel Aviv University registration
system (i.e. the bidding system) and be accepted to the course (please note this
pilot is limited to 150 student).
You must take a final exam at the Tel Aviv University campus (the date and
time of which will be available on the online registration system).