Archaeology and Biblical History

The relation between Biblical texts and archaeological findings is crucial for the reconstruction of Biblical history. Do texts and artefacts suggest the same picture of the past? This course offers insights about the political, social, and cultural history of Israel in antiquity, in the light of archaeological as well as textual sources. Archaeology’s contribution to Biblical Studies is discussed. The course includes an introduction to archaeological method and interpretation or archaeological artefacts. A central part of the course is the study trip to Israel/Palestine during a minimum of 7 and a maximum of 11 days. During this trip we visit museums and important archaeological sites and excavations, often together with local experts. The trip is coordinated with a corresponding PhD course. (Students who wish to take part in an excavation at their own expense in conjunction with the trip should contact the teacher well in advance.) Students who wish to take part in the course without joining the study trip might compensate for this with an expanded literature list and extra examinations.

Cline, Eric, 2009. ?Biblical Archaeology: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford University Press (134s).
Available as eBook via EbscoHost for students and staff.

Finkelstein, Israel & Mazar, Amihai, 2007. The Quest for the Historical Israel: Debating Archaeology and the History of Early Israel. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature (232 s).

Magness, Jodi, 2012. The Archaeology of the Holy Land: From the Destruction of Solomon’s Temple to the Muslim Conquest. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (356 s).

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Literature last revised on October 10, 2018.

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Examination Format

  • Papers
  • Seminars

Grundläggande behörighet.
Kurser i teologi 60 hp, inklusive gammaltestamentlig eller nytestamentlig textkurs om minst 7,5 hp, eller motsvarande.

Studieresa genomförs under sommaren 2020.
Kursdeltagaren står själv för kostnader för resan. Resekostnaden kan subventioneras om finansiering erhålls av externa stipendiegivare.
För fullgjord kurs krävs minst 80% närvaro vid föreläsningar och 100% närvaro vid seminarier/gruppövningar och andra tillfällen för redovisning. Frånvaro därutöver kan kompenseras genom kompletteringsuppgift (-er) om kursansvarig lärare bedömer det möjligt. Vid frånvaro om 50 % eller mer betraktas kursen som avbruten, även om examinationsuppgifter har genomförts.

Established by Subject Representative College at Enskilda Högskolan Stockholm on December 16, 2014.