B411 - Old Testament History and Archaeology I

3 Units

5 CEUs

The History of the Ancient Near East- From Abraham to Moses

Course Outline

A. The Ancient Orient

1. The Third Millennium

B. The Birth and Childhood of Israel

1. Abraham

2. The Patriarchs

3. The Egyptian Period

4. Moses

Purpose: An examination of the history of the Ancient Near East from its earliest period to the Babylonian conquest. The general purpose of this course is to supply the student with the background necessary to study the Old Testament in its historical context.

Course Requirements: To accomplish the above mentioned goal the student will be required to read sections of the textbooks listed below and various segments of the Old Testament and other Ancient Near Eastern literature, as well as the lectures attached to this syllabus. Then the student will be required to answer, in essay form, the questions found at the end of the lectures.

Time Requirements: B411Old Testament History and Archaeology I is designed to be completed in one quarter.


Allen, Clifton, ed. The Broadman Bible Commentary Vol 1, Nashville: Broadman, 1971. pages 1-100.

Keck, Leander, ed. The New Interpreter's Bible Vol. 1, pages 213-305.

May, Herbert. Oxford Bible Atlas

Pritchard, James. Ancient Near Eastern Texts Relating to the Old Testament. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1969.

Material Culture of the Ancient Canaanites, Israelites and Related Peoples: An Informational DataBase from Excavations. Brandeis University, 1996.

As well as these, the student must have a Bible (preferably in a modern translation). Readings from the Bible will be assigned in the course of the lectures.

Books may be purchased through The Campus Bookstore.

Both Section Below Must Be Completed:

Lectures and Assigned Reading

Essay Questions