The Old Testament and Archaeology

OT160, 3 CREDITS

COURSE DETAILS

Fees:

S$450(Credit)
S$180 (Audit)



* Students from Host Churches are entitled to 20% discount.

* Alumni students are entitled to 10% discount on audit course(s).

Format:

Private Study

 

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The Lecturer & Tutor

Professon Alan Millard

studied in the universities of Oxford and London. He recently retired as Rankin Professor of Hebrew and Ancient Semitic Languages in the University of Liverpool (UK). He combines a detailed knowledge of the ancient Near East (including participation in a number of archaeological digs) with considerable experience in presenting his ideas in both scholarly and popular settings. Among the books he has written are: Treasures from Bible Times (1985); Discoveries from the Time of Jesus (1990); Reading and Writing in the Time of Jesus (2000).

About the Course …

Archaeological work has been carried out in the lands of the ancient Near East, and particularly in Palestine, since the middle of the 19th century, and biblical scholars are now able to draw on a wide range of data uncovered by generations of archaeologists. But the nature and methods of archaeology are often misunderstood, and the relationship of archaeology and the study of the Bible has become controversial in recent decades. How far can archaeology be used to ‘prove’ the truth of the Bible? Some scholars have questioned whether the attempt should even be made.

This course will firstly introduce students to the world of the ancient Near East, which is the historical and geographical context of the Old Testament. It will then describe the methods of archaeology, explaining both its potential for Biblical Studies and also its limitations. The rest of the course will be taken up with discussion of particular issues in Old Testament studies which illustrate the role archaeology can play: the question of writing and literacy in the ancient Near East and in Israel and Judah; and the question of historicity as it relates to key people and events in Israel’s history.

The aim of the course is to enable students to reach a balanced assessment of current opinions and arguments in the debate about archaeology and the Old Testament and to offer a positive approach to it.

Course Requirements

You are required to complete two assignments of 2500-3000 words.

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