HDS 1110

History of the Religion of Ancient Israel

Peter Machinist


The study of ancient Israelite religion and culture in comparative historical context. Topics examined include conceptions of divinity, prophecy, law, kingship, and cult. Through such topics the aim is to see how Israel related to other cultures of the ancient Near East, and thus, of what value the study of other cultures has in understanding the character of Israelite religion itself. Some acquaintance with Hebrew Bible and the history of ancient Israel is helpful, but not required.

Enrollment Limited: No
Open to BTI Students: Yes
Jointly offered as ANE 126

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0.50 credits
Fall 2014
M W F 10am-11am
FAS Semitic Museum Room 201

Relationship to Program Requirements

Program Requirement Area / Category / Art / Designation
MTS Area(s) of Focus
  • Hebrew Bible/Old Testament
  • Jewish Studies
  • New Testament and Early Christianity
MDiv Distribution Category/ies
  • Scriptural Interpretation
MDiv Art(s) of Ministry
  • Religious Education and Spiritual Development
Language Course Designation(s) None