MOOC - The Bible in Light of the Ancient Near East

MOOC - The Bible in Light of the Ancient Near East


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Course start date: October 25, 2017

Bar-Ilan University's Zalman Shamir Department of Bible is offering a new Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) titled The Bible in Light of the Ancient Near East.

The Bible in Light of the Ancient Near East is an introduction to the Bible, set against the background of the rich archaeological findings from the Ancient Near East. The purpose of the nine-week course is to introduce students to the fascinating world of Israel’s neighboring civilizations in biblical times, and offers a comparative study that examines the relationship between the Bible and these civilizations. The course will also provide a new understanding of the ancient Near Eastern context of such central biblical themes and genres as creative traditions, flood stories, the Tower of Babel story, law literature, prophecy and wisdom.

The course is recognized as a Basic Jewish Studies course for Bar-Ilan University students. Other participants who complete the course are able to receive an official Bar-Ilan University course diploma. The course will be presented via edX, an online learning and MOOC provider offering high-quality courses from the world's leading universities and institutions to learners around the globe.

The course will be taught by Dr. Nili Samet, a leading expert of Bible and Assyriology and lecturer at the Zalman Shamir Department of Bible.  A member of the Bar-Ilan faculty since 2011, her research interests include the study of the Bible in its ancient Near Eastern context, Biblical and Mesopotamian Wisdom and Lamentation literature, Sumerian language and culture, and Biblical Hebrew.  

The Zalman Shamir Department of Bible at Bar-Ilan University is the largest of its kind in the world devoted to the study of the Hebrew Bible. Dedicated to the teaching and critical study of the plain meaning of the text of the Hebrew Bible, the Department also imparts tools for the study of the entire tradition of classical commentators – the ancient translations from the second-Temple period, Talmudic writings, medieval and early modern rabbinic commentators.  The Department's faculty of scholars covers a wide range of sub-disciplines and contributes broadly to the scholarly community.  

For more information about the course and to register click here.

Last modified: 02/10/2017