Kiriath-Jearim and the Archaeology of Jerusalem

DRAFT—DATES OF LECTURES SUBJECT TO CHANGE; TOPICS MAY BE SLIGHTLY MODIFIED. SOME DETAILS (e.g. COURSE NUMBERS) ARE IN PROCESS.  THIS DRAFT IS PROVIDED TO GIVE STUDENTS A SENSE OF THE COURSE, BUT PLEASE NOTE THIS IS NOT A FINAL VERSION.

  • TAU: 3 undergraduate credits
  • TAU: 3 graduate credits

Instructor of Record: Professor Israel Finkelstein (Tel Aviv University)

Co-Instructors: Professor Thomas Römer (Collège de France), Professor Christophe Nicolle (Collège de France)

This course will survey selected topics within the archaeology and history of Judah, generally, and the region around Jerusalem, including the site of Kiriath-jearim, specifically.

Course Materials:

Readings listed on the syllabus will be made available electronically. Details will be sent to students prior to the beginning of the season.

Requirements for all registered students:

  1. Complete all assigned readings before class time and be prepared to use them in discussion as appropriat
  2. Attend and be engaged at all class meetings.
  3. Successfully complete a final examination.

Course Assessment for Undergraduate Credit:

Final Exam=50% of final grade

Appropriate academic participation=50% of final grade. Appropriate participation includes:

  • Attendance at all class meetings
  • Active listening in lecture and thoughtful participation in discussions
  • Overall appropriate personal and academic conduct in accordance with the rules of the Expedition

Course Assessment for Graduate Credit:

Students wishing to receive graduate credit for this course must complete all the above requirements AND write a research paper of 3000-4000 words on a selected topic touching on historic, archaeological and/or biblical issues related to Jerusalem and/or Kiriath-jearim, specifically, or Judah more broadly.  Students writing the research paper will confer with one or more of the instructors during the course to finalize an approved topic, and address other technical questions regarding this assignment. The papers will be due approximately one month after the end of the dig.

WEEK 1: Orienting KJ within its geographic, historical and literary settings
Day Event Instructor Description Preparation Prior to Meeting
MON

 

Class Meeting #1

Tel Tour

Directors  The Directors will lead a study tour of the site, orienting participants, and addressing the research agenda. None
TUES Class Meeting #2

8:00pm Lecture

 

 

Römer Professor Thomas Römer will investigate the place of Kiriath-jearim in the biblical text, addressing specific passages and motifs, and discuss what information we gather from the biblical presentation. Readings:

TBA

WED

 

Class Meeting #3

8:00pm Lecture

 

Finkelstein Professor Israel Finkelstein will discuss the geographical history of the Judean highlands and the land of Benjamin and will orient Kiriath-jearim within its larger setting. Readings:

TBA

THURS

 

 

Class Meeting #4

Discussion

Tentatively 5:30pm

Cohen Dr. Margaret Cohen will meet with students to review course requirements as well as provide discussion opportunities regarding the material covered thus far.  

General Review

Class Meeting #5

8:00pm Lecture

 

Koch Dr. Ido Koch will review history and archaeology of ancient Jerusalem, including the City of David, and will contextualize some of its surrounding environs. Readings:

TBA