Intro to and Challenges within ANES Scholarship
Introduce students to the issues in the study of the Ancient Near East that have an impact on understanding the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament, including a discussion on the challenges "believing" students face, LDS in particular. This will include a discussion of some of the ethical issues in current scholarship.
Developing ANES skills
Help students critically read, discuss, research and write about ancient texts with methodological rigor and academic integrity.
Survey ANES history, culture and major texts
Introduce students to the field of Ancient Near Eastern Studies, including the historical and geographical breadth from 3000 b.c.e. down to 600 c.e., the development of the field of study, the major texts and their standard editions, research skills, major terms, and employment possibilities.