The fall of Jerusalem and the destruction of the First Temple, the conquest of Judah by the armies of Babylon and the resulting Exile are remembered to this day as a momentous crisis – both national and religious – in the history of the Jewish People. Even today, more than 25 centuries after their occurrence, the impact of these events can be discerned in Judaism – as a faith, an identity and a world outlook. This course tells the riveting story of the century between the demise and rise of Judah, from the unique and comprehensive perspective of modern research.
In this course we will review the dramatic events in Judah during the sixth century BCE, and
construct a broad and balanced picture of this turbulent period. To do this, it
will rely upon the combined efforts of several academic disciplines: History, drawing
upon ancient Babylonian and Egyptian sources, as well as extensive knowledge
accumulated through the ages; Archaeology, which unravels secrets preserved
within the earth for countless generations; and Biblical Studies, examining and
analyzing the textual accounts of the events in the Old Testament.
all these angles together, the course will provide you with a new, fresh outlook on an age-old
trauma: it will present the destruction of the First Temple as the most
decisive turning point in the history of Judah, the Jewish people and Judaism during
the first millennium BCE; it will explain how the terrible calamity gave rise
to great historical opportunities, which transformed the leadership, society
and daily lives of the Judeans, reshaped their national and theological
perceptions, and forever altered the essence of Judaism; and it will portray
the Babylonian conquest and rule over Jerusalem and Judah - one of the darkest
times in the history of the Jewish nation – as a bridge to the renewal and prosperity
of the Second Temple period.
Introduction and the Turmoil of the Seventh Century BCE
Judah under Babylonian rule
The days of the destruction of Jerusalem
Gedaliah son of Ahikam
Archaeology of the sixth century BCE
Curiosity and passion for Biblical literature, archaeology and history.
Although the lectures are designed to be self-contained, we recommend (but do not require) to refer to the book The Fall and Rise of Jerusalem (2005).
This course will span
over 5 weeks.
In each week students will be required to watch that week's online video lectures. Also students will have to submit quizzes and a final exam.
What can I earn for completing this class?
You can earn a Verified Certificate by verifying your work with a risk-free, no obligation Signature Track trial. Payment for Signature Track can be made anytime until the week before the course ends — so you’ll be more certain that you’ll earn your Verified Certificate. If you choose not to verify your work, you can still participate in the complete course. While your final score will be noted on your course records page, this course will not offer a Statement of Accomplishment.
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