History and Culture of Ancient Israel
Factual knowledge about history and culture
Students will know and be able to interpret the significant events and developments in the history of ancient Israel within the large context of the ANE, and know and be able to interpret the main features of the culture of ancient Israel, based on textual and artifactual data.
Historical value of the Bible
Be able to analyze and discuss the value and limitations of the Bible as a reliable source of historical information, and be able to relate and analyze major opinions on this issue in the field of biblical studies.
Research and Writing
Be able to research, analyze, and write clearly and persuasively about the issues just listed.
Researcher approach and bias
Have considred how their own faith-views impact their approach to certain of the issues just listed.