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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
2 hours to complete

Introduction to geopolitics and geography of the Ancient Near East

Welcome to the first module of "The Fall and Rise of Jerusalem"! In this module you will be introduced to the geopolitical reality of the time of the Assyrian empire, followed by the Neo-Babylonian. We hope you'll find the videos informative and interesting. We encourage you to use the discussion forums in order to raise any questions or thoughts you might have after watching the videos.

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16 videos (Total 128 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
16 videos
Welcome1m
The Babylonian Period9m
The Early Persian Period2m
Modern Scholarship2m
Course Overview2m
Geopolitical Background7m
The outcome of the Assyrian conquest and the Geopolitical situation in the Levant11m
Fall of Assyria (A)13m
Fall of Assyria (B)11m
Rise of Neo-Babylonian Empire9m
Babylonian chronicles11m
Babylonian-Egyptian struggle12m
Summary of part 12m
Rise of The Egyptian 26th Dynasty (Optional)18m
The Rise of Judah (Optional)10m
1 reading
Recommended reading for Week 110m
1 practice exercise
Week 1 quiz6m
Week
2
1 hour to complete

Judah Under Babylonian Rule

The second module deals with Judah under Babylonian rule. We will learn about the Babylonian Conquest of Hattu-land and Judah, the events that lead to Jehoiakim's revolt and its outcome, and the changes in the Babylonian policy towards Judah following this revolt. You are welcome to raise questions for discussion regarding these topics.

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7 videos (Total 69 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
7 videos
Babylonian conquest of Hattu-land (A)12m
Babylonian conquest of Hattu-land (B)8m
Babylonian conquest of Judah8m
Jehoiakim’s revolt (A)10m
Jehoiakim’s revolt (B)11m
Babylonian arrangements13m
1 reading
Recommended Reading Week 210m
1 practice exercise
Week 2 quiz6m
Week
3
2 hours to complete

The Days of the Destruction of Jerusalem

This module deals with Zedekiah's rebellion and the destruction of Judah.You are invited to watch the following units and learn about the Egyptian intervention, the reasons for Zedekiah's revolt, and the history of the destruction of Judah.

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7 videos (Total 74 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
7 videos
The Egyptian intervention (A)9m
The Egyptian intervention (B)8m
The causes of Zedekiah’s rebellion13m
History of destruction (A)10m
History of destruction (B)13m
History of destruction (C)10m
1 reading
Recommended Reading for Week 310m
1 practice exercise
Week 3 quiz6m
Week
4
2 hours to complete

Gedaliah son of Ahikam

In this module we will learn about the transition of the capital city from Jerusalem to Mizpah and the governorship of Gedaliah son of Ahikam in Mizpah following the destruction. We encourage you to use the discussions to ask about anything that isn't clear or raise your own ideas regarding the material you learned.

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8 videos (Total 83 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
8 videos
Gedaliah and his status14m
Gedaliah as the governor of Judah: the text (A)11m
Gedaliah as the governor of Judah: the text (B)5m
Gedaliah as the governor of Judah: the history (A)12m
Gedaliah as the governor of Judah: the history (B)14m
Theology of the destruction (Konrad Schmid)13m
Summary of Week 43m
1 reading
Recommended Reading for Week 410m
1 practice exercise
Week 4 quiz6m
Week
5
2 hours to complete

Archaeology of the sixth century BCE

After learning of the days of the destruction and the historical role of Gedaliah son of Ahikam, you are invited to watch the lessons of the fifth module, which deals with the archaeology of the Babylonian Period. We will explore the magnificent finds from Ramat Rahel, the stamp impressions and what they can teach us about continuity or discontinuity in this period and the fate of Jerusalem and Judah following the destruction. I also recommend watching the optional videos which deal with additional interesting research topics.

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12 videos (Total 116 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
12 videos
Ramat Rahel as a starting point13m
Stamped jar handles from the seventh and sixth century BCE (Ido Koch)9m
Lion Stamp Impressions5m
The continuity in the sixth century BCE7m
Destruction and changes in the material culture (A)9m
Destruction and changes in the material culture (B)6m
Destruction and changes in the material culture (C)12m
What between the results and the historical reconstruction8m
Summary of Week 53m
Problems in research (Optional)16m
The rural hinterland of Jerusalem (Dr. Yuval Gadot) (Optional)19m
1 reading
Recommended Reading for Week 510m
1 practice exercise
Week 5 quiz6m
Week
6
2 hours to complete

The restoration of Jerusalem in the early Persian Period

The last module of our course will deal with different aspects of the Persian period: the cult of Jerusalem, changes in Jerusalem's status, the Judahite diaspora, the fall of Babylon and much more. We hope you will enjoy this final module which closes the story of Jerusalem's fall and rise.

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12 videos (Total 118 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
12 videos
The Fall of Babylon (Prof. David Vanderhooft)12m
The Cult and the Temple in Jerusalem11m
Slow Changes in the Geopolitical Situation3m
Urbanization and Ruralism7m
The Persian Interests in the Hill Country4m
The Status of Jerusalem and Persian Interests6m
Changes in the Status of Jerusalem10m
Polemic Literature in Persian Period Yehud – Joshua 9 (Dr. Cynthia Edenburg)16m
The Babylonian Deportations and the Judahite Diaspora in Babylonia (Prof. David Vanderhooft)22m
Summary of Part 61m
Final Summary of the Course6m
1 reading
Recommended Reading for week 610m
1 practice exercise
Final Exam10m
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Top reviews from The Fall and Rise of Jerusalem

By AAJan 7th 2017

The course was well presented and went in depth into the issues surrounding the kingdom of Judah and the city of Jerusalem during a tumultuous time in the 7th and 6th centuries BC.

By RSOct 18th 2016

Professor Lipschits and the other lecturers were exceptional with their presentations. I enjoyed the course very much and learned a lot. Thanks to Tel Aviv university.

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Professor Oded Lipschits, Ph.D.

Director, Sonia and Marco Nadler Institute of Archaeology
Jacob M. Alkow Department of Archaeology and Near Eastern Cultures

About Tel Aviv University

Tel Aviv University (TAU) is Israel's largest institution of higher learning – with over 30,000 students and more than 125 schools and departments in nine faculties. Global in outlook and impact, it is consistently ranked among the world's top 100 universities, as well as the top 20 institutions in terms of scientific citations. A spirit of openness and innovation is evident in all of TAU's teaching and research activities, breaking down barriers between disciplines, and boldly striving to address the twenty-first century's most pressing challenges....

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