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Approx. 23 hours to complete

Suggested: 6 weeks of study, 4-7 hours/week...

English

Subtitles: English, Spanish, Portuguese (Brazilian), Romanian

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
3 hours to complete

The Riddle That Has Yet to be Solved

10 videos (Total 67 min), 7 readings, 1 quiz
10 videos
The Oldest Reference to Israel9m
The Centers of Civilization5m
The Levant as a Land Bridge6m
Egypt's Presence in Canaan During the New Kingdom12m
The End of Egyptian Imperial Control6m
Map Module11m
Dever Interview8m
7 readings
Learning Outcomes & Recommended Works10m
Getting Started10m
Websites10m
Course Maps10m
Biblical Timeline10m
Letter from the Instructor: Welcome to Module 110m
Module 1 Readings10m
1 practice exercise
Quiz 120m
Week
2
3 hours to complete

The Rise and Fall

15 videos (Total 131 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
15 videos
Fall of Israel7m
The Kingdom of Judah7m
Fall of Judah7m
Younger Interview12m
Darby Interview11m
Vaughn Interview13m
Biblical Narrative: Building a History9m
Israel in Canaan8m
The Rise of the Kingdoms6m
Exploring the Material Culture8m
The Nature of the Kingdoms9m
Office Hours Modules 1-210m
3 readings
Letter from the Instructor: Welcome to Module 210m
About the Supplemental Videos10m
Module 2 Readings10m
1 practice exercise
Quiz 220m
Week
3
4 hours to complete

The Making of the Bible as a Response to Defeat

15 videos (Total 125 min), 6 readings, 1 quiz
15 videos
A Judahite Community in Egypt9m
Judahite Communities in Babylon10m
The Return to Zion8m
Introduction to the Biblical Project3m
From the Bible to the Sumerian King List7m
Analyzing a Biblical Text: Genesis 266m
A Closer Look at Genesis 2613m
Interweaving Sources5m
Compositional Theories5m
Division of the Books: Organizing a History8m
Doctoral Student Aubrey Buster13m
Epigrapher and Professor Christopher A. Rollston15m
6 readings
Letter from the Instructor: Welcome to Module 310m
Module 3 Readings10m
Genesis 2510m
Genesis 2610m
Genesis 2710m
Genesis 2810m
1 practice exercise
Quiz 320m
Week
4
2 hours to complete

Reinventing the Hero

12 videos (Total 78 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
12 videos
The Glorified Death of the Fallen Warrior8m
The Bible’s Treatment of Heroic Death6m
Death in the Bible7m
Biblical Law Codes and Procreation7m
The Preservation of the People6m
Interview with Tamara Cohn Eskenazi, Part 110m
Interview with Tamara Cohn Eskenazi, Part 26m
Interview with Tamara Cohn Eskenazi, Part 310m
Conclusion40s
2 readings
Letter from the Instructor: Welcome to Module 410m
Module 4 Readings10m
1 practice exercise
Quiz 420m
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By CSOct 12th 2016

It's a very good course if you want to know how the bible came into being, events that happened from the very beginning and how the bible continues to remain and be read even today. Wonderful!

By RSFeb 3rd 2019

A deeply thought provoking and challenging course that exceeded my expectations, chiefly, by the way it helped me connect the ancient past with the present.

Instructor

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Dr. Jacob L. Wright

Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible
Candler School of Theology and the Tam Institute for Jewish Studies

About Emory University

Emory University, located in Atlanta, Georgia, is one of the world's leading research universities. Its mission is to create, preserve, teach and apply knowledge in the service of humanity....

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