Study Tour of the Biblical Lands
(Old Testament)

BA2705C/3705C

September 2020 – June 2021
Pre-tour sessions: Saturdays 12 September; 31 October
2.00pm – 4.00pm
Tour: 14 November 2020 – 7 December 2020
This unit seeks to immerse students in the archaeological, geographical, historical, sociological, and theological context of the Old Testament. Emphasis will be on reading the texts in places associated with their content and history. Special attention will be given to understanding and interpreting the text in light of all the data available in the sites and museums in dialogue with classical and contemporary biblical scholarship.
This unit is one of two complementary units, one focussing upon the Old Testament and the other focussing on the New Testament, that relate to the Study Tour of the Biblical Lands. Students may undertake both the Old and New Testament units in conjunction with this Tour or just one of the units at the appropriate level for their study.

Census Date

Tuesday 17 November 

Prerequisites

  • second level BS1001C and BS1002C, or equivalent
  • third level two Biblical Studies units at second level

Mode

  • pre-tour sessions, study tour, assessment completed in June 2021.
  • overall span September 2020 to June 2021.

Assessment

second level
  • one 1,000-word report (on OT site) 25%
  • one 3,000-word essay 75%
third level
  • one 2,000-word report (on OT site) 40%
  • one 3,000-word essay or equivalent learning resource 60%

Bibliography

  • Aharoni, Yohanan. The Land of the Bible: A Historical Geography. Edited and translated by A. F. Rainey. London: Burns & Oates, 1966.
  • Avi-Yonah, Michael. The Holy Land, from the Persian to the Arab Conquest (536BC–AD640): A Historical Geography. Rev. ed. Grand Rapids, MN: Baker Books, 1977.
  • Bimson, John J., ed. Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Bible Places: Towns and Cities, Countries and States, Archaeology and Topography. Leicester: InterVarsity, 1995.
  • Dayagi-Mendeles, Mikhal, and Silvia Rozenberg, eds. Chronicles of the Land: Archaeology in the Israel Museum, Jerusalem. 2nd ed. Jerusalem: Israel Museum, 2010.
  • Hoppe, Leslie J. What Are They Saying About Biblical Archaeology? New York: Paulist, 1984.
  • Magness, Jodi. The Archaeology of the Holy Land: From the Destruction of Solomon’s Temple to the Muslim Conquest. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012.
  • Murphy-O’Connor, Jerome. The Holy Land. 5th ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008.
  • Thomas, David W., ed. Archaeology and Old Testament Study: Jubilee Volume of the Society for Old Testament Study 1917–1967. Oxford: Clarendon, 1967. 
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