The Archaeology of the Holy Land

Ref: C3741306

We shall meet the notorious Herod the Great of Biblical fame; a Jew appointed by the Romans to govern their province of Judah. Hated by the Jews and used by the Romans - trusted by neither. We examine his building projects including the Temple Mount and search for his grave. On Herod's death Judah erupted in two revolts. The Romans swooped down, destroyed the Temple, raised Jerusalem to the ground then exterminated the Jews at Masada. The holy temple scrolls were taken to Qumran near the Dead Sea where they were discovered.

Course aim

Examine Hezekiah's water system in Jerusalem in 701 BCE. and the Canaanite city of Megiddo. Progress through to the Second Temple period - the time of Herod the Great and finish with the destruction of the temple in 70 CE by the Romans.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners
  • This course is for improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Recognise the individual city state system of the Canaanites.
  • Understand why the Romans appointed Herod as King of the Jews.
  • Identify the causes of the First and Second Revolt against the Romans after Herod's death.
  • Recognise the importance of the Dead Sea Scrolls and the significance of Qumran where they were found.
  • Can you explain why the Romans destroyed The Temple and raised Jerusalem to the ground? Were they justified in exterminating the Jews at Masada?

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • To support each lecture students will be given a CD containing a comprehensive set of handouts summarising each lesson, a suggested reading list and a few questions to consider relevant to the lecture given.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

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The Archaeology of the Holy Land Course Outline


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