PhD Seminars

Seminar Topics

PhD in Archaeology and Biblical Studies

Archaeology Reading Seminar I [ARCHE 7002/5002]

                            Intensive reading in the discipline of archaeology.

Archaeology Reading Seminar II [ARCHE 7012/5012]

                           Intensive reading in the discipline of archaeology.

Israelite Settlement and Statehood: Archaeology of Iron Age I-IIA [ARCHE 7104]

An extensive survey of issues, trends, and current debates on archaeological and textual data of the Levant as it relates to the reconstruction of the history of Israelite settlement and the archaeology and history of David and Solomon. Special emphasis will be placed on state formation theory and anthropological models.

Archaeology of the Divided Kingdoms: Iron Age IIB-III [ARCHE 7114]

An extensive survey of issues, trends, and current debates on archaeological and textual data of the Levant as it relates to the reconstruction of the history of the archaeology and history of Israel and Judah during the Iron Age II-III period. Special emphasis will be placed on regional trends and ethnic groups.

Archaeology and History of the Bronze Age in the Southern Levant [ARCHE 7124]

An extensive survey of current trends and issues of the Middle and Late Bronze Age in the southern Levant.

Archaeology and History of the II Temple Period in the Southern Levant [ARCHE 7134]

An extensive survey on current trends and issues of the Hellenistic and Roman Periods in the southern Levant, with particular reference to the New Testament texts.

Archaeology of the Ancient Near East-Selected Topic [ARCHE 7144]

An extensive survey of the historical, cultural, and archaeological evidence of the rise and development of the major cultures of the Ancient Near East, particularly Ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia, from the Neolithic through the Persian Periods. Emphasis is placed upon the impact of these cultures on the pre-history and history of Israel.                                                                                               

Current Issues in Syro-Palestinian Archaeology-Method and Theory [ARCHE 7154]

Guided research on current trends and issues of methodology and or theories in the discipline of archaeology as it has bearing on the reconstruction of the archaeology and history of the southern Levant.

Issues and Trends in Iron Age Archaeology [ARCHE 7164]

Guided research on current trends and issues of the Iron Age in the southern Levant. Suggested Topics: the Archaeology of Judah, Philistines, Israelite Religion.                           

Issues and Trends in Bronze Age Archaeology [ARCHE 7174]

Guided research on current trends and issues of the 2nd millennium BCE in the southern Levant. Suggested Topics: Archaeology of Patriarchs/MB, Old World Chronologies, the Eastern Mediterranean, Late Bronze Age Canaanite and Egyptian Relations (the Exodus).

Issues and Trends in the Archaeology of Classical Period and Late Antiquity [ARCHE 7184 ]

Guided research on current trends and issues of the Classical Period and/or Late Antiquity. Suggested Topics: The Archaeology of the Early Church, Trade and Missionary activity in the 1st century AD,  Archaeology of the Intertestamental Period.

 

West Semitic Inscriptions [ANELG 7054]

An extensive survey of issues, trends, and current debates on the extant inscriptions of the Northwest Semitic language family (Hebrew, Ugaritic, Phoenician, Aramaic, Syriac, Moabite, Ammonite, and Edomite).  Emphasis will be placed on a comparative analysis of Northwest Semitic grammar and syntax, epigraphy and relevance to the Old Testament.

Dead Sea Scrolls [ANELG 7064]

An extensive survey of the history and translation of selected texts from Qumran. The course focuses particularly on the contributions of the Qumran discoveries to the study of the biblical text in the areas of translation, textual transmission, scribal practice, orthography and canon, with special emphasis on the relevance of the scrolls for text criticism.