The fundamental elements of human culture as it relates to biblical archaeology. The defining characteristics of different kinds of society through interdependency of language and culture. The affects of modern world interests in defining / redefining this area
There has been a great deal of interest and a recurring request from undergraduate students in Anthropology, Classics and Religious Studies for the offering of a course in Biblical Archaeology. The proposed course, Anth 291 Biblical Archaeology, answers this request and ties into my direct strengths in Near Eastern and Levant Archaeology. I have taught this course once before at USC-Columbia to good reviews and courses of similar content through community adult education. Prior to my coming to USC Columbia I spent several years at the University of Florida assisting Dr. Theodore.H. Gaster in translation of portions of the Dead Sea Scrolls, Canaanite materials, and in the classroom explaining the connection of indigenous folklore to Biblical narratives. Ted was one of the original translators of the Dead Sea Scrolls, a founder of Samaritan Studies with his father Dr. Moses Gaster, and the leading expert of his time in Biblical folklore. The course being proposed here makes use of both the minimalist and maximalist perspectives (Copenhagen School, Neo-Albrightians) to Biblical criticism as a means of reality check and balance while being grounded in a strong base of regional archaeology and verifiable cultural landscape. The final outcome will be a greater appreciation for the text, cultures that informed the text and a correct placement of the materials in their historic and cultural landscape.
See email of 3/10/2015 for needed revisions.
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